The First Foot Guards

We are a Revolutionary War reenactment group based in Boston MA,
accurately portraying the royal household regiment that is now known as
The Grenadier Guards



General Staff

On the left is Lieutenant Colonel Richard Amsterdam, 
wearing the uniform of an aide-de-camp. 
Don Beale on the right is wearing the uniform of a Brigadier General.

General staff wear no regimental distinction, because they are 'general staff' 
rather than 'regimental officers'.

However they may be colonels of a regiment, which can be an honorary position, rather than a command position. HM Queen Elizabeth II is colonel of our regiment (now called The Grenadier Guards). Her position is honorary. Some Colonels actually fought, as did the Colonel of the First Foot Guards, HRH The Duke of Cumberland.

See list of First Foot Guards Colonels

Mr Amsterdam, above is also Adjutant of the 10th Foot, 
and Mr Beale is the commander (Lieutenant Colonel) of the 16th Dragoons.

This can indeed be confusing. Suffice it to say that in the 18th century, officers recognized other officers (or made sure that they soon did!) For the common soldier, anything above a Captain was a lofty position indeed. A Private Soldier would hope to spend his whole career without talking to the Lt-Col or Colonel. If he were at a court-martial he could expect to be addressed by the regimental commander... and that, of course was something very much to be avoided!

Go to "Companies" 
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Spy Letters of the American Revolution
Great reading from the Clements Library of UMichigan (home of many of the Guards Orderly Books)

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