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Very little is to be found regarding the records and dress of the ten regiments of infantry recruited by North Carolina for Continental service from 1775 to 1782.

In the field both officers and men wore the hunting or rifle shirt and long overalls, of wool in winter, and of linen in warm weather, exactly as shown in the drawing. Their equipment was either made in the colonies, or captured from the regular British service, and their arms the same. In the picture we see a private with a home made haversack of painted linen, an English musket, and a cartridge belt like those worn by the British Army.

After 1780, when Washington's general order of October 2, 1779, provided that the dress uniform of the North Carolina Regiments should be blue faced with blue, and the button-holes bound with white tape or lace,. it is possible that the officers or some of them wore this dress when on parade, but we have no authority or record of it, as yet.

Third North Carolina Regiment of Infantry, 1778 Continental Line

Third North Carolina Regiment, 1778

[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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