Authenticity Standards for British Regular Army Impressions

Throughout the early 1770s, the colony of Massachusetts had become a powder keg for conflict, with increasing confrontations, frictions, and anxieties slowly leading to the outbreak of war. As tensions rose in Boston and the surrounding communities, forces on both sides began increasingly adjusting their preparedness for what we can see – some 250 years later – as an inevitability. It is the goal of Minute Man National Historic Park to properly depict the men and women who dedicated – and in some cases lost – their lives to the cause they believed in.

The Minute Man National Historical Park Living History Authenticity Standards for Crown Forces are designed to help participating units achieve the correct appearance for the 1775 period while still retaining their normal unit identity. Through a series of simple, research-based uniform changes, we can work together to better educate the public about this monumental moment in time, transporting them to those events and educating them about the lives of those who helped to build this nation.

Together, we can make an intangible past tangible today.

We do not expect or intend that British units participating in events at Minute Man must change their impression to represent a unit involved in action during the Concord expedition on April 19, 1775. Rather, the guidelines outlined below are intended to properly illustrate how units would have appeared in 1775.

The baseline for these standards is the Royal Warrant of 1768. Other information, such as regarding light infantry companies which are not mentioned in the Royal Warrant, must be based on what can be documented for your particular regiment in the 1775 period.

These standards cover British military impressions. Civilian men, women and children belonging to British units should see the standards for civilian impressions.

These standards are listed in three categories: standard, exceeds standard, unacceptable

  • The "standard" category represents the basic requirement. Clothing in this category allows for machine stitching on seams and interior components. Hand-finishing is prefered but not required.

  • The "exceeds standard" category is all hand-sewn or specific to the Concord expedition in 1775. Please know that certain items in the "exceeds standard" category may not be commercially unavailable at this time or expensive to obtain without sewing skills. We encourage but do not expect all our living history volunteers to outfit themselves as outlined in the "exceeds standard" category.

  • Items listed as Unacceptable may not be worn/used. In some cases they will be gradually phased out by 2023 when the standards will be fully implemented.

Many of the changes to our previous standards will not be fully implemented until 2023. If an item is listed as “Discouraged but Acceptable” for the 2022 event, it will be “Unacceptable” by 2023.

We are excited to share these guidelines with the living history community. Based on years of research and invaluable input from our peers, we hope these standards will help arouse enthusiasm from both within the living history world and the public at large – and provide a solid foundation for British uniform research for the Battle of Lexington & Concord, Bunker Hill and beyond.


Last updated: January 26, 2023

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