10th Massachusetts, common soldier, fashion, living history, Old Sturbridge Village, Redcoats and Rebels, Revolutionary War
As you can see in this Sandby-like image, we went, briefly, to Sturbridge for Redcoats & Rebels, so that Mr S could wear the Andes Candies Coat and the Ugly Dog Coat in the Military Fashion Show and so that I could see Sew 18th Century again. (Thanks to her for the photo!). We didn’t realize how tired we were until we sat down.
It was then that I began to process the exclamation about Fort Plain and “We’ll make a bunch of the Ugly Dog coats,” which spun quickly to the research that needed to be done on the shape and type of lace and the regiment the coats were initially meant for.
Mr S says Mr HC rolled this out in the safest place possible: The Great Meeting House, in front of the public, where no harm could come to the one who suggested all that detailed sewing for Mr S and the Young Mr.
Afterwards, as we walked through the camps, I was glad we had not camped or spent more time: tired, I have even less patience for candelabra and spinning wheels in camp.
Instead, we enjoyed walking in the village. Just before the photo above was taken, Mr FC (at left) had been stopped by a family, who had many questions for him. My favorite moment was the little girl, perhaps 4 or 5, who held out her hand to him and said, “We found a cricket skin!” There are few men better suited to rolling with that that Mr FC, who took it all in stride.
After our stroll, yes, we exited through the gift shop. But I had a goal, a half-pint tin measure. Half of that is a gill, and multiplying up takes me to pints and even quarts, which means I get a little more sophisticated in camp cooking. Porridge, boiled flour puddings, dried pea soup will all be easier to get less wrong in a kettle with a basic measuring device. Yes, gills are the measure for rum, but I don’t recommend mixing it with hose water.
Sam McGinty said:
I’ve been doing research on the 10th Mass, and more generally of the units under Lafayette’s command during the late war, and I was interested in the coats issued to the men. I was wondering why you chose the green that you did, as British military “sea green” is more comparable to rifle green than to this color. I’ve seen this represented by Troiani. Additionally, with the “Ugly dog” coat, my understanding is that the coats acquired by the Spanish fleet were destined for the 55th regiment, who were faced in green. This is compounded by Rochembeau’s 1782 description of the troops wearing “brown coats with green reevers and cuffs” So I’m wondering if you have documentation regarding the color choice in the coat picture?
Additionally, since I’m trying to produce a green faced brown coat that I might use at Colonial Williamsburg, I’ve been trying to find additional documentation on the 10th mass to justify such a coat, but I’m having a hard time finding information on the regiment from after Saratoga through to 1782 regarding equipment clothing and supplies. I was wondering if you might have any such information…
Hi there- sorry for the delay in responding.
You want to ask Henry Cooke, not me. Email him at hcooke4 (at) Verizon (dot) net.
It’s not my area of research, but best of luck.