Today’s New York Times has an article about a rare Revolutionary War flag sold at auction yesterday for $17 million. I had assumed, I guess, that the Continentals had a flag, but I had never thought much about what it looked like, much less considering what one would now be worth.
Aside from the $17 million, what struck me in the article is the picture below:
Photo by Monica Almeida/ New York Times
I’ve known a few Civil War re-enacters in my time so I know how much time and effort they spend in achieving accuracy in all manner of uniforms and weapons. I can only assume that Revolutionary War re-enacters do the same. In fact, I would venture to bet that the uniforms pictured above are correct right down to the length of fringe on the epaulets. It’s too bad that these guys don’t spend the same amount of time, money and effort in trying to recreate the bodies of Revolutionary War soldiers. I seriously doubt that any Revolutionary War combatant living in the conditions of the day and eating the soldier’s fare of the day, which in most cases was scavenged game, would look like the guys pictured above. In fact, my bride, who just read over this post, reminded me that we have seen a number of Revolutionary War uniforms in museums and have always commented on how small they looked.
A note to those monitoring my New Year’s Resolutions, one of which (#3) was to become more digitally adept: I’ve figured out how to add pictures to the blog.
How things have changed since Revolutionary times