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Chaplain to be Furnished With Black Clothing

This Day in History:  May 19th, 1780

“Throughout the Revolution, chaplains, although officers without rank, had no specified uniform.  David Jones apparently wore an officer’s uniform but without epaulets, changing to rougher clothes when serving as a surgeon.  Most wore their usual civilian dress and there is one record of black material being issued to a chaplain for the purpose of making a replacement set of clothes.  On May 19, 1780, the Supreme Executive Council at Philadelphia ‘ordered that a suit of cloaths of Black be furnished by the State Clothier to the Reverend Mr Samuel Blair, Chaplain to the Brigade of artillery, in the same manner as has been furnished to other Clergymen’.”

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