In order for us to continually push forward in our pursuit to provide an accurate portrayal of the men that served in this unit from November 1774 through 1776 we must adhere to the following dress and equipment requirements;
Each man must possess and carry with him, whenever in ranks, the following equipment;
A musket with a ramrod ( steel preferred over wood ), a bayonet, a tomahawk or hatchet, (officers should carry a sword instead of a tomahawk) a pick and whisk, musket tool or turn screw, cleaning rag and extra flints.
He must also have a belly box or shoulder box to carry cartridges. (Both styles must have a wooden box with drilled holes for cartridges). He should have a knapsack / backpack or snapsack. Most importantly, he must carry a canteen or water bottle. This can be a wooden, tin or steel ( covered in wool ) canteen, or a leather water bottle. Glass water bottles are discouraged for the rank and file ( due to the danger of glass breaking).
Each man is responsible for wearing the proper clothing when representing
The Charlestown Militia of Gardner's Regiment.
All men must wear an 18th Century style black hat with little or no trim on it ( No pins, badges, cockades, pipes, feathers, currency or the like). The hat may be cocked, worn one side cocked or not cocked at all. Men may also wear white or natural colored hats; it must fit with the individual's persona.
An alternate in the colder weather would be a knitted stocking cap ( Proper 18th Century style). Workman's caps are not acceptable for men in ranks. They should only be worn when off duty and around the camp. Scottish Bonnets and Ranger Caps are not appropriate for Eastern Massachusetts Militia.
Men must have a neck cloth wrapped around their neck, over or under the collar of their "buttoned" shirt. This can be a white linen neck stock or a dark colored linen, cotton or silk neck scarf or neckerchief.
Modern "bandanas" and checked cloth are not appropriate unless you have documentation. Wearing your neck cloth like a cowboy bandana is not allowed. Ruffled neck stocks ( Jabot Style ) is never allowed.
The neck cloth can be worn in various ways. It can be simply worn under the collar and tucked into the waistcoat, worn under the collar and not tucked into the waistcoat or it can be wrapped over the collar and tucked under for a more formal style.
Men must wear proper 18th Century shirts, ( pull over with one button at the neck) made of linen, muslin, wool or cotton material. Shirts should be white, off white / natural or blue check. Modern white shirts are not appropriate. Men in ranks should not wear ruffled shirts unless it is well within the character they represent.
COATS AND JACKETS
ALL MEN MUST WEAR a coat, jacket, sleeved waistcoat, workman's jacket or frock coat.
The coat ( all styles ) should be buttoned from the top down as low as it can be buttoned or hooked ( depending on the style ). If a waistcoat is worn under a coat, it must be fully buttoned. If you are nor wearing a waistcoat, your coat or jacket must be fully buttoned. FARMER'S SMOCKS ARE NOT TO BE WORN IN RANKS.
Every man should have a proper 18th Century belt around his waistcoat or coat, even if it is not holding a belly box or bayonet frog. It is to hold equipment in place. Belts are not used to hold your breeches. ( Suspenders can be used to hold up your breeches, but should never be visible ). Modern style belts and belts with iron buckles are not appropriate.
BREECHES / TROUSERS
All men need to wear proper fitting 18th Century fall front breeches. ( Fly front breeches were not in style during the American Revolution ). The fit should be full in the seat and snug around the thigh and should come to just below the knee. Wearing suspenders are recommended, but not required. They are not 18th Century specific, but you must keep your breeches up......
STOCKINGS / SHOES
Stockings should be cotton, linen or wool. Silk if appropriate to your character. Horizontally stripped stockings are not appropriate. Vertical stripe is acceptable if it is appropriate to your character.
18th Century shoes are recommended, but if you can not wear them, modern black leather shoes are acceptable with black gaiters or half splatter dashes.
Gaiters are recommended to cover and protect your 18th Century or modern shoes, especially in a battle situation. Gaiters should be civilian in style, not the military, over the knee style ( F & I War ).
Farmer's gaiters ( slightly longer style ) are also acceptable. They can be made of canvas, linen or wool. They should be black or browm in color with either wooden or pewter buttons.
Officers should always wear a sword, sash and gorget to show their rank. Officers may go without a gorget during battle and other non-ceremonial situations.
Officers may carry a pole arm or fusil for parades, encampments and demonstrations. Officers should carry a fusil or other musket in a battle situation, unless instructed otherwise.
Officers may wear ruffled shirts, silk stockings and have a black bow style cockade in their hat. The round cockade and colored cockades are not appropriate.
Non Commissioned Officers ( Sergeants and Corporals ) may wear a short sword, hanger or hunting sword if they wish. They should not wear a sash or gorget.
Private soldiers should never wear a sword, sash or gorget.
Beginning on January 1, 2013, Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers will inspect the clothing and equipment of every man in ranks at all events.
These guidlines were voted and approved by the Charlestown Militia Company, Inc. Board of Directors on 9/25/2012.