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.
I. British Documents
II. Colonial Documents
III. Documents of the American Revolution
IV. Documents Inspired by the American Revolution
V. Other Documents
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