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The Roger's Ranger
&
His Officer

Rogers Rangers

As the French and English empires in the New World converged, small wars raged finally culminating in the
"French and Indian War" of the 1750's and 60's. One of the most famous units of this war (or "infamous" if you were
French) was His Majesty's Independent Companies of American Rangers - Rogers Rangers. These far ranging scouts
were the terror of French and Indian alike. No one knew where they might strike next. These Rangers,
celebrating a successful raid, are typical of their deadly corps.

The officer wears Woodland Moccasins, wool hose and buckskin Knee Breeches. He has a ruffle fronted
Gentleman's Shirt with a velvet neckstock, a short later style wool waistcoat, and a dark green wool Ranger's
Coatee. His sash, sword, gorget, and the Brandenburg cuffs of his coatee proclaim his rank.

The enlisted Ranger also wears Woodland Moccasins (they were virtually universal footwear for men of the forests),
wool hose and wool Knee Breeches, the latter protected by center-seam Buckskin Leggings. He wears a
checkered army fatigue shirt Trade Shirt under his dark green wool Ranger Coatee. A linen haversack on his
left side holds plunder while a Pennsylvania Shooting Bag an horn hang on his right side. A belly box holds cartridges
for combat, a tomahawk, and bayonet hang from his belt.
Both men wear blue Scots Bonnets - the true Rogers' Rangers headwear.

 

 

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