Uniforms Jefferson Guards uniform confusion

33rdVaCoB

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Hello everyone, hope everyone had a great and safe Christmas. While enjoying the Christmas festivities and gifts , I revived a ebook called " John Brown : Avenging Angel". In this book it describes and depicts the uniform of the jefferson guards from Charles town , WV ( then va) as a dark blue frock coat with crimson piping , plain sky blue trousers, and a hardee had with a crimson hat cord with a brass wreath and brass j g on the crown. But someone else has "recreated " the uniform they think is the uniform . Can some one help me determine which is correct ? I have a attached a pic if the recreation .

jeffblue.jpg
 

major bill

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John Brown : Avenging Angel was written by Ron Field who is good about uniforms, but everyone can make a mistake or misinterpret a uniform. I am not very familiar with Johnny Shumate who illustrated the book. I do not know who "recreated" the uniform in post # 1. With out any knowledge who made the "recreation" I can not make any real prediction on how accurate it is.

I will have to see what else I can find about The Jefferson Guard.
 

major bill

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I will have to look a bit more. I do wonder where Mr. Field and the "recreation" person came up with the information. Often this is from a single photograph. The color of a uniform in a period black and white photograph can be seen by two researchers differently. Red and light blue in period images can be being difficult to determine.
 

Rusk County Avengers

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Coffeeville, TX
Its possible they had blue uniforms I suppose, Virginia was big on blue pre-war. Here's a good source on Virginia militia uniforms:

AME Ch 56 Virginia.pdf (njsekela.com)

Virginia had set regulations for uniforms, lots of blue, but the militia had a bad habit, like many State Militias, of ignoring them and companies going with their own uniforms or none at all.
 
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