I am writing an article on Lafayette’s Light Division in 1780. Lafayette gave his light troops the following imported items: In August “Each officer in the Corps of Light Infantry received an elegant feather, cockade, and epaulets, a present from the Marquis de La Fayette. Each non-commissioned officer received an elegant sword, feather, two bobs [likely epaulettes, wings, or shoulder straps], and as much silver lace as would lace the front of their caps.” That September, “each officer in the Light Infantry received an elegant small sword, as a present from the Marquis de La Fayette.”
Does anyone have information on the USA belt plates that were given the NCOs? (For a picture see RWi26 – “USA inscribed beltplate brought from France by Lafayette for the non-commissioned officers of his Division,” Don Troiani, Military and Historical Image Bank (World Wide Web), http://www.historicalimagebank.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=album51&id=RWi26_USA_Lafayette_Beltplate )
Can someone point me to a picture of the swords given the officers or NCOs?
Does anyone know if Lafayette also imported muskets for the light corps?
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