Uniforms of Independent Company Organizations.

Independent Company Organizations. Henry Alexander Ogden.  American civil war uniforms.

Independent Company Organizations 1774-1775 .

Independent Company Organizations 1774-1775 .

Plate I.
Uniforms of Independent Company Organizations (1775-83). American Revolutionary War.

Some of the independent companies of the cities were uniformed. In Connecticut, the Governor’s Foot-Guard, and organization still in existence, wore, as it still wears, scarlet coats, bear skin hats, and brown gaiters.  A soldier of this command and one of the City-troop of Philadelphia, also still existing, a Virginia rifleman, and a Minute-man, are shown in Plate I. The trooper is dressed in brown coat with white facings, white breeches, high boots and round leather cap with a buck’s tail and a silver cord. Brown was a favorite color for military coats in colonial days and during the Revolution. It was ordered by the Continental Congress, and it was adopted by several colonies. It was a favorite color among the Quakers of Philadelphia, and because it was in demand, and because the dye was obtainable on every farm, brown was the prevalent hue of cloth manufactured in this country.

Source: Uniforms of the United States Army 1774 to 1889 by Henry Alexander Ogden (1856–1936). Ed.; Washington D.C.: Brig. Gen’l S.B. Holabird. Published by B.M. Whitlock, N.Y. 1889.


  1. Offensive and defensive armor and weapons.
  2. Armor in England from the 10th to the 18th century
  3. Life-size warrior figures in full armor and equipment.
  4. 16th Century – German armor art.
  5. The Knights of the Teutonic Order of Knighthood.
  6. The First Crusade. The Knights Hospitallers.
  7. The Crusades. The Knights Templar.
  8. The Crusaders in the 12th and 13 Century.
  9. Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece 16th century.
  10. German Renaissance Fashion in the 16th Century.
  11. German blackened steel armor. Renaissance weapons.
  12. Middle Ages fashion history in Germany. 11th to 13th century.
  13. Gallic and Gallo-Roman helmets of Celtic warriors.
  14. Clans in the Roman Empire. The shields of the Gauls.
  15. The Varangian Guard. Viking Chiefs 5th Century.
  16. Lansquenet. German renaissance military.
  17. Germany military in 1530. Renaissance Mercenaries.
  18. German mercenaries around 1620.
  19. German lansquenets during the thirty Years’ War.
  20. Knights tournament. Renaissance 16th century.
  21. Firearms and offensive weapons. Renaissance 16th century.
  22. 30 years war weapons. Helmet, gloves and a musketeer rifle.
  23. Iron Gloves, gauntlets of the 15th century.
  24. The Schaller. Helmet and neck cover from the 15th century.
  25. Mounted Knights. Heavy cavalry 16th century.
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