Earlier War Impressions
We occasionally do an earlier war impression. There are specific rules to doing a good impression for these periods. Most importantly is that you cannot backdate any unforms or equipment to a time that it cannot be documented to exist or was issued to the 3rd NH.
3rd NH/2nd Cont Regt-Early Continental April 1776
The only documentation we have of a uniform coat for 1776 specifically for the 3rd NH Regt/2nd Cont Regt is from a deserters description from April 1776, a blue coat with green facings.
There is no specific description of its construction, however research by Henry Cooke suggests coats of that period could have followed roughly the British 1768 Clothing Warrant but with the exception of false facings: cuffs, collar and lapels single layered and sewn down.
Equipment-Documented early style Continental packs, usually the flat single flap knapsack or a snapsack or a tumpline. The Warner style knapsack is probably too late for this period, most likely post-1776 issue. Captured Britsh equipment of the proper period is allowed, this includes hair on goatskin knapsacks and standard 36 round cartridge pouches or 18 round belly boxes. Other cartridge pouches would follow the earliest known Continental issues. Very few bayonets.
Militia/Early Continental Dec 1774-April 1776
No uniforms for NH troops for this period, they wore regular civilian clothing of the time. Equipment was sparse and varied:
Arms-Various older muskets generally of a British derivative, a few rebuilt French muskets, and some homemade muskets using parts of a wide national variety. Just before Bunker Hill many muskets were issued to the troops because many did not have any. Equipment-Either older British issued belts and cartridge boxes from the French & Indian War or homemade gear. Many troops came with none expected to be issued equipment by the Province. Most packs would be either snapsacks or tumplines, no haversacks allowed for this period, no Warner style knapsacks. No bayonets. Virtually no captured British equipment.
As a rule New Hamshire troops were always poorly equiped no matter what war it was. Equipment should reflect either outdated military issue (back date the equipment by a decade or two) or homemade usually reflecting an older design. Exceptions: After the Battle of Lake George 1755 the NH Provincial Regiment captured the French baggage train and accquired over 1000 French knapsacks and muskets. 1758-NH was issued stands of arms, this was the older Long Land Tower (Bess) muskets (probably Model 1730/40 transitional) with 9 or 18 round government issue belly boxes on long narrow black belts.
Much of this equipment can be forward dated to Early Revolution.
Massachusetts impression variations
We often do a Massachusetts Early War impression for Battle Road 1775 related events. This would generally follow a typical Mass militia man of Middlesex County-Early 1775 impression. Much of this overlaps the 1775 era NH militiaman with known exceptions: Perhaps a slightly higher ratio of fowlers or homemade muskets, homemade cartridge pouches, no bayonets unless we portray a specific Minuteman company. Packs can be snapsacks, market wallets, tumplines, or flat knapsacks, no Warner knapsacks, no haversacks and no captured British equipment.