The history of the American Army uniform is a fascinating subject. You might wonder how the military went from wearing tricorn hats to using Kevlar. After nearly 20 years of collecting original historic military uniforms and equipment, reading books, talking to historians, and doing research, this military buff has realized that all uniforms descend from others in one way or another, somewhat like a family tree.
For the sake of clarity and coherence, this list will focus on the campaign (combat) clothing and personal equipment of the average enlisted soldier in the US Army from the American Revolution to the present.
The history of all American army uniforms for both men and women is too vast to condense on this platform, as it includes the history of attire for cavalry, artillery, dragoons, medical personnel, scouts, officers, engineers, and other specialists, as well as privately purchased uniforms. Equally vast are the apparel and equipment of the US Air Force, Navy, Marines, Special Forces, and Coast Guard.
For now, enjoy the pictorial history of the American Army combat uniform.
Revolution! The Continental Army
The War Of 1812: The Age Of The Shako Headdress
The War of 1812: Late War Gray Short Jackets
1814 To The 1830s: Tailcoats To Shell Jackets
The Second Seminole War
The US-Mexican War: 1846 To 1848