Navy

French admiral, unsuccessful against British fleet at Newport; 1729—94.
French Admiral, defeated British fleet at Chesapeake Capes; 1722—88.
British admiral, brother of William Howe; 1726—99.
Naval commander for the U.S.; 1747—92.

In the fall of 1775 Congress chose brown as the original color for the national uniform. In October 1778, however, France sent uniforms with a predominance of blue coats (although there were also brown), and so on 2 October 1779 Congress switched to blue as the official color.

Michael Stephenson
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)