Branches of the Legion,
The regiment portrays a legionary unit. This means troop is made up of both light infantry and dragoons (mounted men). In addition we accept trumpeters, drummers, and men dressed as continental wagoners, as well as women camp followers.
Light infantry plays a key role in everything the Legion does. The men are outfitted in short brown jackets with red cuffs and collars (as well as an optional blue coat with red facings), black plumed light infantry caps, and overalls. They are armed with full-length French muskets, axes, and bayonets. They also have all of the proper accouterments that were issued to an 18th century soldier including back pack, canteen, and eating gear.
The mounted arm of the regiment is the light dragoon. These men are clothed in a green coatee with red facings and brass buttons, a leather helmet with a bearskin crest, breeches and boots. Weaponry includes a saber and carbine, with a proper colored horse and authentic period correct tack.
Lancaster County Militia (Early War Impression)
The light infantry of the Legion did not exist until 1781. However, all fifty-five of the men who enlisted were drawn from the local Lancaster County Militia in Pennsylvania. As such, the unit allows the men to portray an optional Lancaster County Militia impression for early war events. This impression consists of varied clothing, weaponry, and accouterments. However, all of the material is period correct and documented.
The 4th Legionary Corps (and it predecessor the 4th Dragoons) were issued drummers, trumpeters and buglers to convey orders over the sounds of battle. Both mounted and dismounted men can portray these very essential personnel in documented clothing with period appropriate instruments.
Many regiments in both the British and Continental armies had women attached as refugees or "camp followers". These women performed various services for the army such as the washing and mending of clothes. The women portrayed in the 4th Legionary Corps dress in a distressed manner, reflecting the rigors of living in the field as a follower of the army.
Bowmen were young boys attached to several of the mounted units in the Continental Army. As the camp followers, they were technically refuges and performed any number of stable and camp duties. Their dress was commonly a variety of handed down clothing. This role is ideal for young men looking to enter the hobby, as it provides both the experience of living history as getting them familiar with military life.
Men in pay of the Continental Army were hired as wagoners to transport forage and supplies. The Legion was issued several wagons over its existence, and these men would have teamed a manned them. They are clothed in a basic civilian uniform with army issued coat with Continental buttons. Wagoners in the recreated regiment provide auxiliary support by assisting in the care of the horses and the upkeep of the camp.