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