A French Soldier of the Le Régiment de la Reine.

The uniform de la Reine would have looked much like the other French regiments that fought in Canada, including the 2nd Battalion of the Cambis Régiment, which, of course fought at Louisbourg in 1758.

The French military adopted a grey-white cloth for most of its soldiers rather than the more expensive coloured cloth, and, this grey-white "remained the traditional colour for French infantry uniforms until the Revolution [French Revolution, 1789-99]." The justaucorps, a body-coat reaching to the knees was made of this cloth. The back of this long single-breasted garment was split at the back thus enabling the soldier, for greater mobility, to fasten it up at the back. "Individual regiments were identified by the colour of the collar, cuffs, and waistcoat, the shape of the pocket flaps, the colour of buttons and hat braid, and the arrangement of buttons on the pocket flaps and coat cuffs."

From Military Uniforms in Canada,
By Jack L. Summers and Rene Chartand
(Ottawa: National Museums, pub. No. 16, 1981) pp. 16,24.

[The Regiments at Louisbourg: 1758]
[The Siege of Louisbourg of 1758]

March, 2000.

Peter Landry
P.O. Box 1200,
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
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