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

& high black helmets decorated

with horse hair or bear skin.

They were armed with lances,

sabres, carbines & holster pistols[.]

Officers seldom appeared in coats

except on dress parade.

Their costume for march or action

was a blue cloth jacket, frogged

& braided, with pantaloons to

match or white with an ordinary

sombrero for head gear.

On fatigue they wore epaulets

or shoulder straps according

to caprice but always one or

the other. The forage cap accass-

ionly [sic] worn by officers and

men had a peak which hung

over, with a tassel at the point.

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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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