We have deliberately avoided the
must be purchased from one of the approved vendors" statement in these
standards. We encourage our members to make items themselves, not
just to save costs, but also in order to better understand period
construction techniques and vocations. It is the responsibility
of the group to make sure all items
reflect the very best in quality and researched historical
Please refer to this
article on our web site for details of our McCall's SC State
I. General Standards
All modern anachronisms are
prohibited. If there is something that absolutely must be
such as legal identification, currency, car keys or religious jewelry,
will be completely concealed.
All uniforms, equipment, and tack
be constructed from proper materials using proper techniques and
Any items made from modern materials or cut from a modern (post 1785)
are strictly prohibited.
Equipage will be kept at a
as we most always portray campaign style camping. All equipment
be carried by the persons or horses of the men in the mess. "Less is
Regimental returns for October of
1780 show the 3d Dragoons as having 92 men present. There were 149
regimental coats and 90 pairs of boots present. Total number of arms in
the ranks were 7 pistols and 82 swords. No carbines or shoulder arms of
any kind were counted.
Standards specific to individual
are described below.
II. Uniform Standards
A. UNIFORMS will
appropriate for the event or scenario, to include composition and time
of each item. Each member will own or have access to a complete
suitable for a Third Continental Light Dragoon (Southern Theater)
impression, to include:
B. HEADGEAR will be a black
leather helmet with
white horsehair crest an blue turban. Other headgear is somewhat acceptable
for occasional use and in camp, but obtaining the distinctive helmet
should be a high priority for any new member.
- White wool French dragoon coats with blue facings hand worked buttonholes and top stitching OR White stable jacket
- White wool full length waistcoats
- Fall front knee breeches of leather, linen, or wool
- White 18thC pattern work shirts with
collars. Linen is preferable but cotton is
- 18thC pattern wool or cotton stockings
of solid natural colors, no prints
or clocking work
- Black leather neck stock
C. FOOTWEAR may be boots of 18thC pattern or period
shoes and gaiters. Either is acceptable.
III. Equipment Standards
A. CANTEENS exist
various sizes and styles, try to find a common identified
type, avoiding the "barrel" style.
B. TENTS will not
be used in campaign impressions and it is not
as high on the list of priorities as other items. In the case of
duty impression, common tents (A-tents) or other large tents will be
C. FIREARMS may be purchased from a variety of
but should be “de-farbed." De-farbing is the removal of remove
markings and improper finishes. If the serial number is removed it MUST
relocated to another (less visible) location on the weapon.
Each dragoon should obtain one or two
pistols. They do not have to be matching pairs. Many
styles are available English dragoon pistols were probably the most
readily available to the dragoons back in the day.
were in very short supply during the war. To
date there is no record of the 3d Dragoons carrying carbines or
shoulder arms of any appreciable numbers during the southern
campaigns of the American revolution. This probably contributed to
their losses at Monck’s Corner and Lenud’s Ferry. For this reason we
do not carry carbines as part of our impression.
D. CARTRIDGES, whenever
and relevant to the event scenario, will be packaged in standard
packaging. Paper and twine will be of natural fibers giving the
of period construction.
E. EDGED WEAPONS are
a necessary piece of equipment for our mounted impression and each
dragoon must have a
period correct horseman’s sabre or
broadsword. This was the primary weapon of 18thC dragoons and care
should be taken in selecting it. All swords and sabres to be suspended
leather shoulder carriages.
scenario calls for it, the use of belt knives are strongly discouraged.
folding camp knives are highly recommended.
IV. Horse and Tack Standards
A. HORSES - Each member will provide a correct representational light dragoon mount of the 18thC. Modern breeds of horses have changed from the 18C However modern breeds such as Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses,
Tennessee Walking Horses, Mustangs, Marsh Tackeys, etc. greatly resemble the Thoroughbreds,
Chickasaws, and Quarter Pacers principally used by Light Dragoons during the American Revolution. Some of today’s modern breeds such as Palominos, Paints and Appaloosas are wrong for the impression as are mules and heavy drafts.
NOTE, this is revised from: "Each
will own or have access to at least a pair of coconut shells of proper
and variety (obvious Paint or Appaloosa coconuts are strictly
prohibited). Under no circumstance should the shells be taken
from a coconut larger than
could have been carried by an African swallow of the 1780s period."
The latter wording is also applicable for dismounted dragoons.
B. TACK - Carefully
select a bit that is not only proper in pattern and
construction, but also suited to your mount. Many of
our members start out with modern English saddles and modify
them to accommodate the attachment of equipment. Obtaining a
proper saddle is an expensive proposition but one which needs to
be considered as soon as practical.
C. OTHER EQUIPMENT - Use
care in selecting
spurs (there are a lot of poor reproductions on the market) and only
them if required to control your mount. Items such as brush, hoof pick,
currycomb, forage sack, etc. should be shared with the group
(i.e.: one trooper carries one item) in order to minimize equipment. If
the location of water demands, canvas buckets, while no doubt not
authentic, may be used as long as they are out of sight when not being
used. Wooden buckets are fine
in limited numbers in a garrison impression.
A. ISSUED FOODS
consist of rations as found in regulations and drill manuals. We
bring "issued rations" only when it is not provided by the event
organizers. Quantity of rations will be commensurate with the number of
men in the mess.
B. FORAGED FOODS will
of only produce and meats available in the region we are portraying, at
the time we are portraying. All food will conform to known varieties
at the time.
C. MESS EQUIPMENT will be
for the impression, especially with regard whether the event calls for
campaign or a garrison scenario.
List of the Company of Select Marksmen
for more useful information.