Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725—1802)

by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725—1802)

Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, DC.

by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725—1802)

Oil on canvas; 80 × 62 cm (31.5 × 24.4 in.). Chateaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles, France.

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)