The Battle of San Jacinto

Reuben M. Potter's Description of Mexican Uniforms, 1874

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Potter's description of Mexican uniforms

The dress which the Mexican infantry and


artillery troops of that day wore on a


march and in action was their fatigue suit,


consisting of white cotton round Jackets and


trowsers, [sic] with black shoulder belts crossed on the


breast. Their head dress was the old fashioned


black shako of leather or felt, beriring [bearing] the usual


pompom and metallic trimmings such as


letter and number. It often had drawn over it


a close fitting white cloth cover with the decor-


ations outside. Worsted shoulder knots of red


blue or green were worn by some battalions.


Their dragoons wore short red coats, blue


cloth trousers and high black helmets, decorated


with horse hair or bear skin. They were armed with


lances, sabers, carbines and holster pistols. [O]fficer's [sic]


seldom appeared in coats, except on dress parade.


Their costume for march or action was a blue


cloth jacket, frogged and braided, with pantaloons


to match,

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Reuben M. Potter's Description of Mexican Uniforms, 1874, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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