The American Soldier, 1805

The American Soldier, 1805


Creator Role



Description provided by U.S. Army Center of Military History: In the left foreground of the scene showing construction work near West Point in 1805 is an artillery cadet in the mixture of commissioned and noncommissioned uniforms prescribed for cadets of artillery. His blue coat is faced and lined with red, and has yellow buttons and wings piped with red-the coat worn by artillery noncoms. On his left shoulder he wears the small epaulette ordered for cadets. On the right is an engineer private in the blue coat with black velvet collar and cuffs and false yellow buttonholes on the collar, cuffs, and breast adopted for the enlisted men of that Corps in 1803.n the background enlisted infantrymen are working clad in the ""coarse linen frock and fatigue trousers"" allowed by Congress as a part of the annual clothing allowance in March 1802.

Description Source

The U.S. Army Center of Military History, accessed on June 25th 2020 accessible at


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date



12 3/4 X 9 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

paper (fiber product); ink on paper; reproduction (derivative object)


recto, bottom left: "H. Charles McBarron jr."; recto, bottom center: "The American Solider, 1805/ West Point Cadet, Engineer Corps Private. / Enlisted Men in Fatigue Clothing."


United States. Army--Officers United States. Army--Guard duty United States. Army--Infantry

Work Type

color prints (print)




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Related Source

The American Solider print set, 1288.1-1288.41



Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)


Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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The American Soldier, 1805