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This regiment was formed in 1776 by dividing the regiment of Auvergne, and was number 18 in the Line of the French Army. In 1777 it was sent to the West Indies. At that period the men wore the same uniform as the Auvergne regiment, but with yellow collars on the coats instead of violet. They took part in the siege of Savannah in 1779, under D'Estaing, and were again in America in 1781, under Saint Simon before Yorktown.

In the picture we see the dress uniform worn in 1781.

The Grenadier Company was distinguished from those of the battalion by red cloth epaulets, by a red worsted pompon on their hats, and by their side arms or cutlass. The battalion companies had white cloth epaulets piped with yellow, and pompons of blue, yellow, or crimson, according to the number and place of the company in the battalion.

The corporals were distinguished from the privates by two blue cloth stripes on each sleeve.

Gatinois Regiment of Infantry, 1781

Gatinois Regiment of Infantry, 1781

[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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