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Company officer of the New York State Militia, in 1812-1813

Caption: Company officer of the New York State Militia, in 1812-1813

The American militia called up for service in the War of 1812 wore a wide variety of uniforms, with each state having its own uniform regulations. Many fought in no more than civilian clothing. Officers, responsible for purchasing their own uniforms, were generally better equipped. With the exception of the colours, this company officer of the New York State Militia wears a uniform very similar to a British infantry officer's. American military uniforms of the early 19th century followed British fashions quite closely, but with blue replacing red as the main colour. Reconstruction by H. Charles McBarron Jr. (Parks Canada)