New Jersey Provincials
While 1757 brought memories of massacre to New Jersey Provincial soldiers, the following campaign showed the true spirit within these men. The New Jersey assembly would raise 1000 soldiers in 1758, double the amount they raised the previous year. New Jersey would clothe and accoutre their soldiers, but found a deficiency with guns. The guns would be issued from the King’s stores to fill in any gaps that New Jersey could not fill. Nonetheless, on marching through Albany these brave New Jersey boys were praised for how good they looked.
“NEW-YORK, June 12
|While uniforms seem to be worn throughout, arms were harder to come by. The New Jersey Assembly enacted that each soldier that was without accoutrements and arms to be furnished by the Pay-Master. These accoutrements would follow the issuance of the year past. In 1757 Colonel John Parker would list in his account cartridge boxes and powder horns for soldiers, noting that “I think the men had better have pouches instead of powder horns as they are always loosing the ball they have in their pockets. The pouches if approved of to be made after the form of the Royal Americans”. Taking into account this precaution, it is likely that New Jersey soldiers would receive cartridge boxes, shot bags, and powder horns in 1758.Governor John Reading would write to General Abercrombie about the state of arms, stating that the public stores were bare, and the recruits bring very few serviceable guns. By June, the Governor is told of King’s Arms arriving at New York, and begs Abercrombie for the use of these guns. The previous years New Jersey had in stores Wilson Contract muskets marked New-Jersey. However, many of these guns were lost at Sabbath Day Point. The deficiency of arms would play a problem for New Jersey soldiers. However, the weapons in King’s stores, what was left of public stores, and arms of the Militia in New Jersey armed these soldiers to face the enemy in early July of 1758.|
Best: Round blocked wool-felt round hat with 2.5” brim.
Acceptable:Round block cocked hat bound in yellow trim, wool knit striped cap or Monmouth cap.
Unacceptable: Anything else.
Best: Hand-stitched white or checked linen shirt with short collar (under two and a half inches) narrow band cuffs with two buttonholes made for sleeve buttons (cuff links).
Acceptable: Machine stitched checked, or white linen shirts.
Unacceptable: Cotton calico or plaid shirts.
Best: Silk, linen, or cotton neckerchiefs; linen neck stocks, or linen rollers, well-tied around the neck.
Acceptable: Machine hemmed neckerchiefs or linen rollers.Unacceptable: Military horsehair or leather neck stocks.
Best: Hand finished, well-fit, short blue cloth coats with red lapels, cuffs, and lining, with brass gasback or brass domed buttons. Cuff and lapel style as per Painting of Peter Schuyler.
Acceptable: Well-fit, short blue coats cloth with red lapels, cuffs, and lining, with brass gasback or brass domed buttons, with little visible machine stitching.
Unacceptable: Hunting shirts, Blanket shirts, Fur skins.
Jackets and Waistcoats
Best: Hand-finished, well-fit red, green, blue, grey or brown wool waistcoat, with or without sleeves, lined or unlined. No waistcoat at all is also acceptable.
Acceptable: Well-fit red, green, blue, grey or brown waistcoat, with or without sleeves, lined or unlined. with minor visible machine stitching.
Unacceptable: Cotton canvas, upholstery fabric waistcoats, extremely long or baggy waistcoats.
Best: Hand-finished, well-fit blue cloth, ticken, or leather breeches, with buckled, buttoned or tied knee bands. Trousers acceptable as well.
Acceptable: Well-fit blue cloth, ticken, or leather breeches, with buckled, buttoned or tied knee bands. with minor visible machine stitching.
Unacceptable: Fringed trousers, baggy breeches.
Socks and Stockings
Best:Grey, white, or blue wool yarn or worsted stockings or socks seamed with back seams.
Acceptable: White, grey, or blue stockings of wool yarn, worsted, linen or cotton.
Best: Civilian black waxed leather buckled shoe.
Acceptable:Pucker toe or vamped mocassins
Unacceptable: Officer’s boots on non-officers; Dyer, Arrow, Minnetonka moccasins, Shoepacks
Cartridge Boxes & Pouches
Best:Nine or Twelve round Government accoutrement sets.
Unacceptable: Possibles bags.
Best: Plain, empty, powder horns with narrow leather or hemp straps.
Unacceptable: Anything else.
Best: Wilsoncontract muskets marked “NEW JERSEY” or Long land pattern muskets.
Acceptable:Civilian fowlers, Dutch or French Guns.
Unacceptable: Canoe gun, blunderbuss, long rifles.
Best: Small hatchet and bayonet.
Acceptable:Bayonet or hatchet.
Unacceptable: Pistols, daggers, dirks.
Best:Kidney-shaped tinned-iron British army canteen on a hemp cord or cheesebox canteen.
Acceptable:Similar tinned-iron canteens.
Best:British Army Blankets, 2-3 point check, Dutch, Rose blankets, Civilian center-seamed blankets.
Acceptable:Plain white or Hudson Bay blankets.
Unacceptable: Civil War grey blankets.
Best:Single envelope two strap knapsacks, or drawstring canvas snapsacks carried in conjunction with hemp tumplines.
Acceptable: Hair-on calfskin snapsacks or blanket rolls.
Unacceptable:British painted or goatskin knapsacks, Benjamin Warner Knapsacks.