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The description of Verger's drawing in Howard C. Rice and Anne S.K. Brown, eds. and trans., The American Campaigns of Rochambeau's Army 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783, vol. I (Princeton, N.J. and Providence, R.I.: Princeton University Press, 1972), plate description, page xxi; illustration following page 142, is as follows:

"The second figure shows a typical musketeer or line infantryman wearing a tricorn {actually a cocked] hat, brown regimental coat with lapels and cuffs buttoned back to show the light red facing color, black stock, white crossbelt with yellow metal belt plate, from which hangs a short saber, and holding a musket with bayonet attached. The only nonregulation garment is his light red overalls. However, in all other respects the uniform fits the description of those worn after 1779 by the battalion companies of the Second Canadian Regiment (Congress's Own), as given by Charles M. Lefferts [uniform book] ... p. 20, plate 4." The narrative notes that Verger likely made the sketches just after the Yorktown Siege, before Washington's army dispersed to points north and south. It also notes that Verger's drawings were copied by Baron von Closen, and that von Closen "mistakenly labels the Rhode Island light infantryman 'Massachusetts' and the Second Canadian musketeer 'New Jersey." It is quite possible that the brown-coated figure was from New Jersey; we have no idea of the color of the coats worn by New Jersey troops in 1781, and we do know that New Jersey and New England troops received captured British coats dyed brown in 1782. Add to this the fact that while the deserter descriptions in Lefferts' book are taken from primary sources (i.e., newspaper ads), his uniform illustrations are in some cases highly suspect.

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John Rees
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