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War of 1812 - Artefact of the Week - December 14th, 2012

New York State Militia Officer Coatee.

Parks Canada: XX.90.11.1a-c

This dark blue wool coat has scarlet facings, collar, cuffs and turnbacks, and is in the style worn by infantry officers of the New York State Militia during the War of 1812. The coatee had long tails and is made of a fine quality cloth, typical of officers’ uniforms. The Latin word on the gilt buttons below the eagle is Excelsior (Ever Upwards) the state motto since 1778.

The soldiers of the New York State Militia were very active during the war and fought on the frontiers of Upper and Lower Canada in battles including Queenston Heights in 1812; York, Sackets Harbor and Fort Niagara in 1813; Lundy’s Lane, Fort Erie and Plattsburgh in 1814.

For more information, visit Fort George National Historic Site on the Parks Canada Website.

New York State Militia Officer’s Coatee. New York State Militia Officer’s Coatee.
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