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