In June 1780, Gen. Washington issued orders on uniforms and insignia from his New Jersey headquarters.
The Army expected to join forces with French troops soon and Washington wanted the Americans to give the appearance of the fine soldiers they were. All, except generals, were to wear the uniform of their regiment or corps.
"All officers as will warrant as
to wear a cockade and side arms, either a sword or a genteel bayonet."
* Subalterns were the most junior commissioned officers; Ensigns, Second Lieutenants, and Coronets
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