Early American patriotic cockades were black, inherited from the British black cockades. By the end of the Revolutionary War, George Washington felt the black cockade needed an American touch. So an eagle was added to the center and this remained the official American military cockade until cockades were completely retired in the late 1800s.
Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) A Quaker, he was born in Rhode Island, and given command of a brigade when fighting erupted. In August of 1776, commissioned a major general in the Continental Army. He was Washington's most trusted advisor, and ranked second to Washington as a commander of rebel forces. Took over command in the South after Camden, and proved more than a match for Cornwallis. Outmaneuvered the British, and inflicted heavy losses Cornwallis could ill afford.
Revolutionary War Cocked Hat, Via the New York Historical Society. “ “According to the accession records, this hat was worn by John Shethar of Connecticut, an ancestor of the donor. Shethar was made a lieutenant in the Continental.
A wonderful and rare photo indeed! This man fought in the American Revolutionary War under the command of General George Washington. A rare daguerreotype of Captain George Fishley, taken in 1850 when he was 90 years old