Re-Enactors and Revolutionary War Costumes

I’ve written about the value of hereditary organizations before. I’ve been a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) for 15 years, and I’m very impressed with everything the organization does to honor the patriots who fought in the Revolution and to preserve history.

SAR members often dress in authentic costumes for events. You can see some of the members of the San Antonio chapter of SAR in costume at last year’s Fourth of July celebration and at my recent inauguration as President of the chapter.

You can  find a description of the uniforms worn by various Revolutionary War units on the national SAR Web site:

Orders issued from Headquarters at Moore’s House 1779 October 2, specified uniforms that were intended to make the various units easy to identify.

Everyone was to have a blue coat [and a tricorn hat].  All but the artillery units and officers had white linings and white buttons.

Some enthusiasts become so interested in history that they become re-enactors. The national SAR Web site has information about becoming a re-enactor.

A re-enactor is someone who recreates history down to the last details.   This is done by portraying the look and actions of a person from a given era. 

Even if you aren’t interested in dressing in period costumes and becoming a re-enactor yourself, you might find watching re-enactments an entertaining and effective way to learn history.

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