New England militiaman, 1750s

Caption: New England militiaman, 1750s

Most American militiamen enlisted in provincial service during the 1750s might have uniforms but not all did. For instance, although the officers of Colonel Frye’s Massachusetts Regiment posted at Fort Cumberland (now Fort Beauséjour, New Brunswick) were seen by British Captain Knox to wear blue uniforms with red facings and gold buttons, ‘the ordinary soldiers had no uniforms nor do they affect any regularity’. This man wears civilian clothing of the period, and is shown reloading his musket with a powder horn. Reconstruction by Derek Fitzjames. (Parks Canada)