Sunday, June 4, 2017
3rd Continental Light Dragons 1781
When one thinks cavalry during the American Revolution one thinks of Light Horse Harry Lee or Tarleton. This might be because both men write and published their memories after the war. Both books should be read with caution as both men tended to write about themselves, as Shakespeare said with "advantages."
But to me, the premier commander of cavalry during the War was a more humble man who never put pen to paper or blew his own horn. William Washington was a humble man, who soldiered on through good and bad times and got the job done. Not flashy but solid. He played a important role at Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse and Hobkirk hill. He worked well with local militia (which many continental offices did not) and no one had a harsh word about him.
One of my favorite regiments of the period, and judging by how many others have them painted popular with others too. The white and light blue uniform is very pleasant. This is based on two period paintings of officer of regiment. The colors carried were according to legend made for Washington by his fiancee Miss Jane Elliot from a deep red silk damask curtain. No matter true or not it is a good story and I have added it to my rendition of the dragoons.
Figures are by Fife and Drum, and Miss Elliott's flag is courtesy of GMB flags.
For more information (and an enjoyable read) I recommend Daniel Murphy's "William Washington American Light Dragoon." An excellent read With interesting insights.