The 35th Regiment of Foot, Light
Infantry, acted as reconnaissance troops, scouts, skirmishers, and
guerrillas. They were the product of Britain's experience in
woodland combat in North America.
The Light Infantry Company had its origins in the French and Indian
War. One of the most successful outfits in the British Army,
the Light Infantry company was composed of the most agile and
nimble soldiers in a regiment. Their purpose was to engage in
"unconventional" tactics, such as scouting, skirmishing, and operating
independently of the main army.
Battle Order Uniform & Kit
- white linen
- black horsehair with brass buckles
- white thread
- black, painted, reaching mid-calf
- black leather
- buckled, rough-side-out
- madder red wool with laced button-holes and slash pockets
- white wool
- madder red, with tails 6" shorter than the usual pattern, orange
facings, pewter buttons, shoulder wings, and regimental button-hole lace
- black leather cap with a standing front-plate, small visor,
and chain rings about the crown
- red wool with an orange band
- 29 hole black leather pouch with a black leather strap
- black leather, converted from waistbelts, this carried the
- canvas with goatskin fur covering
- carried rations, made from off-white linen
Long Land or Short
Land Musket - steel ramrod, Dublin Castle
- forged axe, issued 1 per five or six men
- kidney-style tin canteen suspended on a natural hemp rope
- to be natural colored (if a wig or hair extension) and queued
(braided) with the tail tucked up under the cap
Parade Dress Uniform
Gloves - white
Hair - to
appear long, queued with a black ribbon, and "powdered" white (a wig).
All else the same as above, but without haversacks or haversacks.
Summer Order Uniform - (Effective
July 1st - September 1st, 2012)
Round Hat - plain black with rectangular cockade, tuft of bearskin and
white hat cord in lieu of cap
Hair - clubbed as opposed to queued
The Light Infantry Company
was a flank company like the Grenadiers and were also frequently
brigaded together with the lights from other regiments. The
35th's lights were part of the 1st Battalion of Light Infantry until
the regiment was deployed to the West Indies under General Grant in
The 35th's portrayal is that of the
New York/New Jersey campaign of the latter half of 1776. As
such, the Light Infantry Company would have not changed so dramatically
as they would for the 1777 Philadelphia Campaign.
the field, the light infantry almost always fight at open order or
double-open order. They operate in pairs of two and are
for effectively screening a large column and operating in irregular
terrain. On top of all this, however, light infantry are
fully capable of acting as regular line troops.
the LIGHT COMPANY of the 35th.
Boston Camp, June 30, 1775:
In the FIELD, June 17.
1 Captain, 2 Lieutenants, 1Volunteer, 2 Serjeants, 1
Corporal, 1 Drummer, 30 Pivates.--Total 38.
Lieutenant Bard, John Baxter, Alexander Douglas, Edward Driver, William
Joseph Nicholls, Edward Odiam, David Sharp, Samuel Smallwood, John
Captain [Edward] Drewe, Lieut. Massey, Volunteer Madden [Howe's Staff],
of his wounds; Serjeants--Knowles and Poulton, Corporal Nodder, Drummer
Thomas Adams, dead of wounds; Richard Binch, dead of wounds; Peter
Abraham Dukes, Richard Edny, dead of wounds; Timothy Henry, William
Joseph Lucas, William Langsdale, dead of wounds; James Morgan, Thomas
Daniel Parnell, James Preddy, John Roebuck, Henry Rollett, Robert
Henry Townshend. Total 25.
Ralph Becket, John Henly, William Leary. Total 3.
RSR MSS 1/38 (pg 85)
(Special thanks to George Bailey,
Foot Project, for obtaining this information in England.)