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Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat
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Original U.S. Connecticut First Company Foot Guard Tunic and Waist Coat

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. The Governor's Guards of Connecticut are four distinct units of the Connecticut State Guard, a part of the organized militia under the Connecticut State Militia. There are two foot guard units and two horse guard units.

The materials and style of the tunic are typical of the period; with thick wool padding near the chest, stiff wrap around the collar and coattails off the back. 
The tunic bears an original tailor label that reads:
Governor's Foot Guard
Hartford, Conn
Locker No.

There are two soldiers names written in the line but other is legible. The inside lining is also stamped in two locations:

Property of
Lebanon Foundation Inc.
302 State St. New London,
Conn.

The tunic is in very good condition given it's age, and is approximately a US size 36. The waistcoat is similar size and also offered in very good condition.

The First Company Governor’s Foot Guard was organized in Hartford in October 1771 as the Connecticut Governor's Guard, and is the oldest military organization in continuous existence in the United States. Although other organizations may have been formed at an earlier date, the First Company is unique in its record of unbroken service.

Hartford, in 1771, was remote from larger towns. It was a small town of 3,000 inhabitants, with few churches and schools. The journey to New York or Boston took three days in a stagecoach which ran but once a week. Small as it was, Hartford was not lacking in public spirit. A group of leading young men in Hartford decided it was time to organize a select company for the purpose of escorting the Governor and General Assembly at the General Elections after an unfortunate incident in 1768, when a “trainband” made a farce out of the escort duty. Certainly another reason for the decision was that a company from East Hartford actually did escort duty in 1769 and 1770. Accordingly, Samuel Wyllys and others petitioned the General Assembly. The petition was granted by the Assembly, and Samuel Wyllys, a young man of 32, was elected Captain, William Knox, Lieutenant, and Ebenezer Austin, Ensign. The company was known at this time as the Governor’s Guard.

The First Company Governor’s Foot Guard has been closely connected with many historical events. In 1777, although not obligated to do so, it resolved to join the patriot army at Saratoga. As an advance guard of reinforcements under Captain Jonathon Bull, they were crossing the Rhineback Flats on their way to Saratoga when they were met by a messenger with the good news of Burgoyne’s surrender.

Earlier, at the start of the American War of Independence recognizing that members of the Second Company Governor's Guards were keen to travel to Massachusetts where the fighting had begun at Lexington and Concord, the colonial authorities wished the Guards to remain at home and kept their weapons locked up. On April 22, 1775, Captain Benedict Arnold called his men together at a tavern and successfully demanded the keys to the magazine for his company's weapons or else they would break into the storehouse. He reportedly stated, "None but the Almighty God shall prevent my marching."


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