Uniforms of the American Revolution

John Mollo, Malcolm McGregor

Uniforms of the American Revolution, John Mollo, Malcolm McGregor

This newest volume in the Macmillan Color Series makes a timely appearance for the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence of 1776. In a series of 220 magnificent full-color illustrations, it covers the principal army and naval uniforms of the American, British, German, and French armies which took part in the American Revolution, and includes several plates of the Indian dress of the period. They provide a unique and colorful survey of one of the great epochs of military history.

The Uniforms of the British, German, and French troops conform, on the whole, to regulations. The Americans, both revolutionary and loyalists, neglected to record for posterity the details of their military dress, but the author and artist have supplied these from various reliable sources – portraits, lists of equipment issued to the Continental Army, advertisements for deserters in contemporary American newspapers, and the latest research data on the subject – and deliberately stylized their figures to retain the flavor of the period. In addition, early paintings, drawings, and prints have been used whereever possible. The uniforms are primarily arranged by campaigns, with plates giving details of flags, head-dress, and weapons.

John Mollo, is a well-known expert on military dress and an author and illustrator of several books on the subject. He has also supervised the uniforms for such films as The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Adventures of Gerard, Nicholas and Alexandria, Bequest to the Nation, and Stanley Kubrick's version of Thackeray's Barry Lyndon

Malcolm McGregor's illustrations for Macmillan's Army Uniforms of World War II have elicited high praise, and in his latest volume he has again based many of his paintings on actual people of the period.

Contents

Chapters

Preface and Acknowledgements

  1. The British Army
  2. German Auxiliary Troops
  3. Loyalists
  4. Indians
  5. The Continental Army
  6. The French Army
  7. The Colour Plates
  8. Campaigns and Plate Descriptions
    • Boston, 1775
    • Canada, 1775–1776
    • Charleston, 1776
    • New York, 1776
    • Canada, 1776–1777
    • Saratoga, 1777
    • Pennsylvania, 1777
    • Valley Forge
    • Raids and Counter-Raids
    • Rhode Island
    • The War at Sea
    • Continental Army Dress Regulations of 1779
    • The War in the South
      • Georgia, 1779
      • South Carolina, 1780
      • North Carolina, 1780–1781
      • Virginia, 1780–1781
    • The Corps of Light Infantry
    • American Flags and Colours
    • British and Provincial Regimental Colours
    • German Regimental Colours
    • French Regimental Colours
    • Firearms
    • Swords and Edged Weapons
    • Head-dress
    • Ornaments
    • British Infantry and Artillery Facings and Rank and File Lace
  9. Bibliography

Uniforms of the American Revolution is a comprehensive resource for figure painters, diorama builders, and wargamers interested in raising armies for the American Revolutionary War. Many of the specialist troop types of the American Revolution are covered in this book. The Orders of Battle included at the beginning of the chapters list brigades and regiments of the opposing armies engaged in the campaigns of Boston (1775), New York (1776), Saratoga (1777), Pennsylvania (1777), Valley Forge (1777-1778), and Yorktown (1783).

Malcolm McGregor's illustrations are based on portraits of actual people of the period, like Lieutenant-General the Hon Thomas Gage, Colonel Knox, George Washington, Brigadier-General Benedict Arnold, Colonel Daniel Morgan, Red Jacket, Joseph Brant, Captain Abraham Wipple, Major-General the Marquis de Lafayette, Brigadier-General Anthony Wayne, Lieutenant-Colonel Banastre Tarleton, Brigadier-General Charles Tuffin Armand, Marquis de la Rouerie, Lieutenant-General Comte de Rochambeau, among many others.

There are 24 flag illustrations, six each of the American, British, German, and French forces engaged in the American Revolutionary War. Compared to other uniform guides of the period, John Mollo's Uniforms of the American Revolution offers excellent value for money.

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