Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas

Uniforms of the Republic of Texas

MARINE CORPS
Lieutenant

Both Hefter and Kenneth L. Smith-Christmas, Curator of Material History, Museums Branch, Marine Corps History and Museums Division, are in agreement that this is an accurate depiction of the U.S. Marine uniform of 1826 (except for the Texas insignia). According to Hefter, a number of these uniforms, and those in the following two plates were "ceded by the U.S. Navy Department to Texas procurement agents, or sold by civilian dealers and shipped to Texas ports in small quantities by merchant vessels." Texas buttons and insignia quickly replaced the American ones. While mentioned in Texas correspondence with button makers, only a handful of Texas Marine Corps buttons have been located. The most recent discoveries were a coat button at the site of Quintana by Cris Kneupper of the Brazosport Archaeological Society, and earlier two others, coat and vest, at Baytown by other relic hunters.

In the background is the variant flag.

Copyright 1998 by Bruce Marshall All Rights Reserved
Text and images copyright 1998 by Bruce Marshall. All rights reserved.

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