Dragoon Soldier: Tools of the Trade

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The tools in this case are the uniform components and the accouterments of the dragoon soldier. The dress uniform would have been worn for formal military occasions, such as guard duty and dress parade. The fatigue uniform was the work uniform of the soldiers.

 
Dragoon soldier in 1840s dress uniform with saber
Dragoon Soldier in Dress Uniform

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Dress Uniform Components

  • Shako - Tall hat with a horsehair plume-Rope goes around neck underneath shoulder and hooks on to top left button of jacket. Shako also has chin strap. Dress hat of the dragoons.
  • Dress Jacket - Wool, dark blue with double breasted row of buttons.
  • Pants - Made of wool with yellow stripe, sergeants would have two yellow stripes on pants.
  • Boots - Made of black leather.
  • Saber Belt - White, made of leather, used to strap saber on, also doubles as waist belt.
  • Saber - Edged, sword like weapon used to fight from horseback.
 
Photograph of dragoon in fatigue uniform
Dragoon in Fatigue Uniform

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Fatigue Uniform Components

  • Fatigue Cap or Wheel Cap - Made of wool with leather visor-the everyday cap of the soldier.
  • Fatigue Jacket - Made of wool, dark blue with yellow-piping-this was the every day jacket of the dragoons.
  • Boots - Made of black leather.
  • Pants - Made of wool with yellow stripe, sergeants would have two yellow stripes on pants.
  • Musketoon - Smoothbore weapon-used in combat on foot.
  • Cap Box - Used to hold percussion caps, made of black leather.
  • Saber Belt - White, made of leather, used to strap saber on, also doubles as waist belt.
  • Saber - Edged, sword like weapon used to fight from horseback.
 
 
 

Last updated: May 23, 2022

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