The biggest problem with the unit are their uniforms. This term must be put into the plural form as the unit obviously changed its attire several times.
For example the infantry wore purple trousers and jackets when in the north (cf. Don Troiani's Soldiers of the American Revolution, p.158).
|Don Troiani's version of Lee's infantry in the northern campaign|
|Lee's Legion cavalry officer by Don Troiani, wearing the green "coatee"|
A painting by Charles Willson Peale shows Henry Lee in 1782 in a buff coat with green facings, gold buttons and epaulette, and black sword belt.
|Portrait by Charles Willson Peale, 1782|
Supply records suggest that at least some of the unit were clothed in blue coats with red trim and white linen. A picture of an infantryman in "Uniforms of the American War of Independence" by Digby Smith and Kevin F. Kiley shows a short green jacket and buff gaiter trousers for 1780-81.
|Smith and Kiley infantryman of 1780-81|
|Lieutenant Laurence Manning of the legion's light infantry. |
Portrait by John Trumbull
(Yale University Art Gallery)
|Dragoon by Don Troiani in the uniform I chose for my horsemen|
|Supposed guidon of Lee's dragoons|
Still the whole unit kept some kind of uniformity. I paid tribute to this. Only the infantry officer is wearing a blue coat faced red.
|Officer, trumpeter, ensign|
|Legion light infantry|
|Officer in blue and red|
|Rank and file|