Colonel of the Regiment
Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley. Major Shane P. Reilly, Commander 23rd Regiment of Foot Royal Welch Fusiliers in America
Attention to Regimental Orders:
Fusiliers are required to wear their hair queued (braided) with the tail tucked under the back of the cap. This is a required uniform piece and not wearing it because it is hot, itchy or uncomfortable is unacceptable. The queue (natural or wig) is a critical piece of the uniform just as the coat or bearskin is. The queue is not required for the late war kit, which authorizes hair to be short or “cropped”. Wigs for the early war kit should be of natural hair color; white wigs, typically reserved for formal occasions are optional. I advised the officers and NCOs to start enforcing this requirement at events.
“The Death of Major Peirson” by John Singleton Copley shows a company of Grenadiers on the left side of the painting with their hair queued and tucked underneath their caps. There are a number of wigmakers available including G.G. Godwin and the wigdresser.com.
This season marks our transition to the half-gaiter, officially effective August 1st. We are wearing the seven-button pattern with black horn buttons. The gaiters should be painted and adjusted so that they fit snugly against the ankle and foot. Until then long gaiters should be worn, please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Master List of Events:
Brinkerhoff House, East Fishkill, NY 26 – 27 September
Please refer to the Company nearest you for more local / smaller events.