By Philip Katcher

Uniformed volunteer devices have been raised by means of contributors, frequently from an area's social élite who had sufficient spare time and cash to spend on such enthusiasms. They voted on their unit designation, their officials and non-commissioned officials, their unit principles, and their uniform. Many destiny leaders discovered their abilities in those ranks, and volunteer defense force devices shaped the middle of many scuffling with devices on each side of the Mason-Dixon line. With assistance from quite a few images and illustrations, together with 8 complete web page color plates via Ron Volstad, Philip Katcher does a very good task of detailing the uniforms of the volunteer defense force of the yank Civil battle (1861-1865).

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The battalions also had colours which were blessed on 12 November 1761. De Cour's dragoon company was dressed in a 'green uniform, white cuffs and lapels', and Demassin's dragoon company was in blue, pink and silver. Following the end of the war and the return of the islands to France, the militiamen of Martinique and St Lucia were to wear, from 13 May 1765, blue waistcoats and breeches, cuffs of the colour chosen by the quarters, and gold buttons. Officers also had a blue coat. The dragoons had the same as officers, with blue housings laced yellow, and dragoon officers also had a silver lace.

Die Kadetten gab es nur in Kanada, auf der lie Royale und in Louisiana. A4: Trommler. Da die Compagnies tranches kbnigliche Truppen waren, trugen ihre Musiker die Livree des Kbnigs. A5: Gefreiter. In den Kolonien trugen die Obergefreiten und Fiisiliere neben Musketen, Bajonetten und Schwertern bis in die 50er Jahre des 18. Jahrhunderts die "gargoussier" Bauchtasche und das Pulverhorn. A4: Tambour. Comme les Compagnies tranches etaient des troupes royales, leurs musiciens portaient generalement la livree du roi.

Generally, Martinique militiamen do not seem to have worn uniforms until the middle of the 18th century. The first may have been the Gendarmes of St Pierre, a smart mounted bourgeois company raised in 1716 and uniformed in light grey-blue, red and gold (Plate F). In 1741 most officers at the parish of La Trinite in Martinique were reported in uniform. The governors of other islands were instructed to encourage their militia officers to do the same. The style of these uniforms remains unknown. In October 1761, the Martinique militia battalions were uniformed, all probably in blue with various facings (Plate F).

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