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U.S. Militia Light Artillery Uniform Details

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I am looking for any uniform information on the Georgetown Light Artillery (horse artillery) and the Washington Irish Light Artillery, which were part of the Columbian Brigade of the District of Columbia Division during the battle of Bladensburg, 1814
So far my research has produced scant bits of information. For example:
In Chartrand’s excellent A Most Warlike Appearance, D.C., Light Artillery units are not mentioned. Further; “The dress of the {D.C.}artillery and cavalry is not given but the officers of these units were ‘to be armed according to the law’.
However, it is described by Todd as; “This artillery unit was equipped as flying artillery or horse artillery...all gunners were mounted.” The Militia and Volunteers of the District of Columbia 1783-1820 by Frederick P. Todd ; p406. “…well-heeled, blue uniformed, volunteers…” Through the Perilous Fight, p.82.
Interestingly, the Georgetown Light Artillery was commanded by Major George Peter.
Captain Peter had commanded Dearborn’s experimental horse artillery company in 1808-09, but resigned after Eustis (secretary of war) sold its horses in 1809 “as an unnecessary waste of public funds.” Amateurs to Arms, Elting p215. Also, in Military Uniforms in America: The Years of growth 1796-1851 pg 2 and 3. This unit was trained and operated as horse artillery (See ref re Todd note above.
So, I would very grateful if anyone could provide further detail on the uniform of the Georgetown Light Artillery (horse artillery) and the Washington Irish Light Artillery

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