4th Continental Rgt. of Light Dragoons
Capt. John Craig's Troop
A visored leather helmet with a bearskin crest and green turban, tall boots
and a red waistcoat make the 4th Continental Dragoons easy to identify.
They may be seen in either their green regimental coat with red facings
or fringed frock coats of various colors.
Formed in 1777, the regiment served throughout the entire war. Raised primarily in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, they served in both the northern and southern campaigns. They had both mounted and dismounted troops.
As I recall, the only difference between this uniform and the 2nd Cont.
was the buff (tan) regimental coat with green facings. Otherwise it was
the same epaulets the shoulder covers on a uniform.
During the French and Indian War they were not included. It was only a
few yars later during the American Revolutionary War that the epaulets
began to appear on the uniforms.
Sometimes the family uniform is described in a will. The uniform I wear
was one of those, but it did not include a hat. I added that later. Until
I did that (accidentally) the family that had bought the uniform and paid
for the tailoring never new which Regiment their Revolutioanry soldier
Now the green jacket with red facings is in other Continental Troops but
the possibility remains that he may have been a dreaded dragoon.
Genealogists look at clothing very carefully to examine for clues.