The Mellish was carrying uniforms for the 9th, 20th, 29th, and 34th Regiments of Foot. All wore red coats with varying shades of yellow facings. In 1777 Col. Samuel Webb was commissioned to raise one of the Additional Continental Regiments (later the 9th Conn). He received permission from George Washington to clothe his unit in uniforms taken from the Mellish. He probably received the coats of the 29th Foot, which were red with yellow-ochre facings. (As an interesting side note, the 29th Foot was the regiment whose soldiers were involved in the infamous "Boston Massacre.")
For additional information on the subject of American troops wearing captured British clothing, locate a copy of Philip Katcher's Uniforms of the Continental Army. York, PA: Shumway Publishers, 1981. ISBN 0-87387-036-0 There are 23 pages listed in the index under the heading "British Uniforms - used by Continentals."
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