HM 40th Reg't of Foot, Light Coy

TO portray the Light Infantry soldier on campaign during the American Rebellion, we wear an expedient uniform wholly unlike the expensive and impractical parade dress typically associated with British soldiers during the war. Our short jacket, or sleeved waistcoat, is made of madder red wool with a buff colored collar, cuffs, and shoulder wings. Our trousers are made of heavy-duty hemp linen. We wear a traditional military cocked hat that has been converted to a round hat embellished with a horsehair cockade, a tuft of black bearskin, and a green ostrich plume. A black leather neckstock is worn with our linen shirt. Black leather accouterments hold the bayonet and ammunition. Slung on our back is a wool blanket with a linen wallet rolled up inside it. A tin canteen for water and a coarse linen haversack to hold food rations completes our individual kit.

The 1769-pattern "Brown Bess" firelock is carried as our standard arm, engraved and stamped with all of the proper markings, including "40th Regt" on the barrel and the correct "Dublin Castle" designation on the lock. Additionally, all musket men carry a 17" steel bayonet as their most feared and effective weapon. A few marksmen in the company are chosen to carry the 1776-pattern British rifle, a specialist weapon developed to counter the use of rifles by certain rebel troops.

In camp, we typically make basic shelters of gathered poles and brush, called wigwams - or simply sleep under the stars, with just our blanket to cover us. We cook in messes of five or six men who eat their issued rations of meat, pease, rice and bread out of a single tin kettle suspended over a small fire. Most British troops traveled very light while on campaign, the men of the light infantry companies even more so. We strive to portray this impression correctly.