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This regiment was raised in December, 1776, for the war, and we find that in 1777 most of the companies were uniformed in blue faced with red, as shown. This dress was probably the most popular uniform in the entire Continental Army. More uniforms of this description were worn in the various companies formed during the war than any other colors.

It is the general belief that the Continental soldier wore the blue coat faced with buff cloth, but we find it the exception, and worn but by few regiments in the American Army.

In the general orders of 1779, Washington desired the Maryland Line to wear blue faced with red, substituting long overalls and waistcoats of white linen in summer, and white woolen in winter, in place of the buckskin breeches shown in the picture.

Hunting shirts of homespun were worn on field service in place of the uniform coats throughout the army at the same time, by all the regiments so equipped. (Cf. Plate XXII.)

[REFERENCES: Archives of Maryland, XVIII, 76 seq.; (Annapolis) Maryland Gazette., May 8, 1777; Pennsylvania Journal, July 2, 1777.]

Second Maryland Regiment of Continental Infantry, 1777

Second Maryland Continental Infantry, 1777

[SOURCE: Uniforms of the Armies in the War of the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Lt. Charles M. Lefferts. Limited Edition of 500. New York York Historical Society. New York, NY. 1926.]

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