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Uniform jacket and breeches worn by Jacob Schieffelin at Ft. Ticonderoga circa 1780-1785. They are in the Ft. Ticonderoga museum. 

The coat is faced with black silk velvet, has gold buttonhole lace and gilt bone-back buttons.
The breeches are in a remarkable state of preservation remaining today as supple as the day they were made. The buttons are a white metal (not pewter); plain at the knee and leather covered at the waist. The waist measures about 34 inches.

Schiefflin was born in 1757 and was a Loyalist. He spent time as a prisoner of war in 1779, but escaped to Canada in 1780 where he joined the Queen’s Rangers. Schiefflin also spent some time as an aide-de-camp to Henry Hamilton who became notorious during the war for encouraging raids by local Indians against settlers. 

Schiefflin’s great grandson Ed Schiefflin would discover silver in Arizona Territory, which would lead to the founding of Tombstone.



The Battle of the Dogger Bank took place on 5 August 1781 during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, part of the American War of Independence, in the North Sea. It was a bloody encounter between a British squadron under Vice Admiral Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet and a Dutch squadron under Vice Admiral Johan Zoutman, both of which were escorting convoys.

The Dutch were extremely important to the success of the rebellion. Without Dutch trading in the early months of the war, the American forces would have been even more desperately short of military supplies than they were, with potentially disastrous consequences.

The Dutch were also the first to recognize America, albeit informally. The Dutch governor of St. Eustasis ordered a cannon salute for the first ship to fly the American flag.

He was later recalled to the Netherlands to answer for his actions, but it was never formally repudiated. 

Barbara Tuchman’s wonderful The First Salute is an excellent resource to learn more. 

(Source : Wikipedia)