4th N.Y. Regimental Uniforms
1775-1778 Regimental Coat – Gray faced in Blue
Each regiment during the Revolutionary War had its own uniform. Many units had thei uniforms change as the war progressed. In 1775, the only uniform item which appears to have been issued to the 4th NY was a Regimental Coat and Accouterments. There does not appear to be a change in the uniform until 1778, when they took on a light infantry look. It is possible some of the gray coats could be worn longer by former members when they served in militia units
1778-1779 Regimental Coat – White faced in Red
In 1778, Col. Henry Livingston ordered White Regimental Coats faced Red Regimental coats with plain brass buttons., in honor of the French Alliance. Otis & Andrews, the Boston tailors who made the uniforms for the Continental Army, complained these were out of the ordinary. Gen. Washington granted permission for the unique uniforms to be made. Leather helmets were ordered, but they were issued wool felt helmets similar to the Andre design, which resemble modern day baseball caps.
1780-1781 Regimental Coat – Blue faced in Buff
In 1779, Gen. Washington ordered the New York and New Jersey Line to have Blue Regimental Coats faced in Buff, similar to his uniform colors. These had working lapels. They had USA Buttons on the coat. The Hats were cocked hats with the NY button over the black and white alliance cockade. The Talmadge Orderly Books mention these uniforms having been received by all in 1780.