Henry Benbridge (1743—1812)

by Henry Benbridge (1743—1812)

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

by Henry Benbridge (1743—1812)

Oil on canvas; 30 x 25 in. Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC.

Sarah Middleton (1756 - 84).

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)