Tuesday, January 10, 2017
2nd Regiment Lincoln militia
The various battalions of the Lincoln militia were active throughout the 1814 campaign. The 2nd Regiment fought at both Chippewa and Lundy's Lane. I wanted them for my collection, but had to research what they would look like for the table top. As is usual for my miniature regiments I wanted them to be accurate but also look interesting.
What I found was that the militia wore both uniforms and civilian clothes. While they wanted to present a uniform appearance, it was very rarley achieved. Depending on the year or month they were given red coats with yellow facings, green coats with red or yellow facings, castoffs from the 41st Foot (red faced red), regulation gray
When I started this project I was confused over the terms "embodied" and "sedentary" militia. These troops who served for longer tours of duty were termed "embodied" militia while those who were called away from their farms and businesses only during times of dire emergency were the "sedentary" militia. They seldom had uniforms, and were instructed to report for battle turned out in a civilian coat made of a dark cloth, but avoid grey coats, which was the color frequently used by the Americans.