When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
February 6, 1780 — The United States signed a Treaty of Alliance with France in 1778. As a symbol of this alliance, General Washington ordered his troops to wear a cockade with a white center (the background of the cockade represents rank — Privates are black, Lieutenants are green, Captains are yellow, and Field officers are red). As an acceptance of this honor, many French battalions adopted a white cockade with a black center (no rank distinctions).
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