The Battle of San Jacinto

Extract from Letter from Reuben M. Potter to McArdle on Mexican Uniforms, Approved by General Howard

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Reuben M. Potter on Mexican uniforms

The dress which the meixcan [sic]


infantry & artillery troops of


that day (1836) wore on a march


and in action was their


fatigue suit, consisting of


white cotton round jacket


& trowsers [sic] with their black


shoulder belt crossed on the


breast. Their head dress was


the old fashioned black shako


of leather or felt, bearing the


usual pompon [pompom] and metallic


trimmings such as letter, and


number. It often had drawn


over it a close fitting white


cloth cover with the decorations


outside, worsted shoulder knots


of red blue or green were


worn by some batallions.


Their dragoons wore short red


coats, blue cloth trowsers [sic].

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Extract from Letter from Reuben M. Potter to McArdle on Mexican Uniforms, Approved by General Howard, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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