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.
Benjamin Wilson (1721—88)
by Benjamin Wilson (1721—88)
Oil on canvas; H. 30 in. (76.2 cm), W. 25 in. (63.5 cm). White House Historical Association (White House Collection), Washington, DC.
attrib. Benjamin Wilson (1721—88)
Oil on canvas. American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
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