By Philip Katcher
"There by no means used to be so effective an American army," wrote second-lieutenant, John Sedgwick, in describing the troops less than Major-General Zachary Taylor in 1846. one other then second-lieutenant, destined to determine many extra armies; U.S. provide, additionally concept hugely of them: 'The rank and dossier have been most likely inferior … to the volunteers that participated in the entire later battles of the conflict; yet they have been courageous males, after which drill and self-discipline introduced out all there has been in them.' Philip Katcher writes the tale of the regulars and volunteers who fought within the Mexican-American warfare, detailing the infantry, cavalry, artillery and employees of either the yank and Mexican armies.
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They had dark blue coats with deep red facings. The initial 'L', for ligero (light) was embroidered on the right collar, and 'P' for permanente (permanent) on the left. Their shakos were smaller than other infantry ones, and had a green pompon and brass bugle on their fronts. Crossbelts were black and had no crossbelt plate. In the field they wore grey short jackets, trimmed red and plain grey trousers. Although there seems to have been no regimental distinction between the first three light regiments, the 4th Light Infantry received a unique uniform.