Napoleonic Uniform Guide
2nd Battalion, The 35th (Sussex) Regiment of Foot
The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars employed the 35th Regiment in active service for some twenty years. During that time, a number of changes in appearance took place. We have chosen to emulate the appearance of the regiment during 1812-1815 to recognize the bicentennial events.
Since the American Revolution, the uniform of the British soldier became more utilitarian. Military fashions followed civilian styles, but the rank and file had a simple and pragmatic appearance. The grenadiers' match-cases and hangars were abolished in 1784. The standing collar replaced the fall-style in the 1780's, to dominate military fashion for almost a century.
Uniform & Kit Overview
Shirt - white linen
Neckstock - black leather with brass buckles
Socks - white thread or wool
Gaiters - grey wool, worn under the trousers
Bootees - black leather, rough-side-out, usually laced but could be buckled
Fatigue Jacket - white wool, orange standing collar and cuffs
Trousers - grey wool
Coatee - single breasted jacket of madder red with orange facings (standing collar, round cuffs, epaulet straps), pewter buttons in pairs, shoulder wings for flank companies, and regimental button-hole lace
Belgic Shako - black felt hat, trimmed with a worsted wool cord, brass plate, cockade, and all-white grenadier pom-pom
Forage Cap - felted knit grey cap
Cartridge Pouch - black leather pouch with internal tins suspended on a 2¼"-wide white leather strap
Shoulder Belt - 2¼"-wide white leather with a brass oval plate to carry the bayonet
Knapsack - double-envelope style, painted black, with 35 in center in white paint
Mess Tin - D-style mess tin carried in a canvas cover worn over the knapsack
Haversack - carried rations, made from off-white linen
Canteen - round wooden canteen with a wood stopper. Painted light blue and suspended on a 1"-wide natural-colored leather strap.
Musket - India Pattern or "3rd Model Brown Bess"
Bayonet - triangular with black leather scabbard and brass fittings
Blanket - large, woolen blanket. About 62" x 86"
Eating Utensils - wood or horn spoon, bowl, tin cup, etc.
Amusement Items - period playing cards (no numbers), dice, draughts, the things that will get you in trouble if mixed with grog
Fire-Starting Kit - flint, steel, tow, char cloth (linen) in a small bag or tin
Cleaning Brushes - one for clothes, one for shoes (don't mix them up!)