The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars employed the 35th Regiment in active service for some twenty years. During that time, a number of changes in appearance took place. We have chosen to emulate the appearance of the regiment during 1812-1815 to recognize the bicentennial events.Since the American Revolution, the uniform of the British soldier became more utilitarian. Military fashions followed civilian styles, but the rank and file had a simple and pragmatic appearance. The grenadiers' match-cases and hangars were abolished in 1784. The standing collar replaced the fall-style in the 1780's, to dominate military fashion for almost a century.
Uniform & Kit Overview
Shirt - white linen
Neckstock - black leather with brass buckles
Socks - white thread
Gaiters - grey wool, worn under the trousers
Bootees - black leather, rough-side-out, usually laced but could be buckled
Fatigue Jacket - white wool, orangestanding collar and cuffs
Trousers - grey wool
Coatee - single breasted jacket of madder red with orange facings (standing collar, round cuffs, epaulet straps), pewter buttons in pairs, shoulder wings for flank companies, and regimental button-hole lace
Belgic Shako - black felt hat, trimmed with a worsted wool cord, brass plate, cockade, and pom-pom. (White for grenadiers, white-over-red for battalion companies, green for light infantry.)
Forage cap - felted knit grey cap
Cartridge pouch - black leather pouch with internal tins suspended on a 2¼"-wide white leather strap
Shoulder belt - 2¼"-wide white leather with a brass oval plate to carry the bayonet
Knapsack - Trotter-style, black canvas; no wooden frame
Mess Tin - D-style mess tin carried in a black canvas cover worn over the knapsack
Haversack - carried rations, made from off-white linen
Canteen - round wooden canteen with a wood stopper. Painted light blue and suspended on a 1"-wide natural-colored leather strap.
Musket - India Pattern or "3rd Model Brown Bess"