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                                                            Female are strong as hell. 

This was the regimental flag of the 2nd Light Dragoon (also known as Sheldon’s Horse). It was captured by Banastre Tarleton during the battle of Pound Ridge. Tarleton led his men in a night ride that surprised the Continental forces. This flag and some that were captured in the Battle of Waxhaws were taken to England as battle trophies. Apparently one of his descendants sold the collection for $17.4 million in 2005. 

One particular story that I like from the battle has Tarleton chasing after private John Buckhout and shouting “Surrender you damned rebel or I’ll blow your brains out!" 

When no surrender was forthcoming he fired and his shot grazed Buckhout’s scalp, knocking his hat loose, whereupon he’s supposed to have said "There you dammed rebel, a little more and I should have blown your brains out!”, upon which the damned rebel’s reply was “Yes damn you, and a little more and you wouldn’t have touched me!” as he made good his escape.

(I rather doubt the verbal exchange actually happened, not with two men on galloping horses, but it’s a great story anyway.)

There’s an excellent article about Banastre Tarleton on one of my favorite Revolutionary War blogs. 

Tarleton: Before He Became Bloody Ban

Soldier of the English Civil Warwearing a buff coat (Victorian painting by John Pettie)

Buff coats were made in sleeveless and sleeved variants and were garments typically crafted from cowhide or buffalo hide. The very finest buff coats were made of elk-hide. The finished leather… was supple, durable and weather resistant.

Due to the thickness of the leather, the seams of these coats were all butt-jointed, with hidden stitches. Extant examples are lined, either with coarse linen or silk. Many high quality examples show apparent fastenings of gold or silver tape at the front, however, these were merely decorative, the real fastenings being hidden hooks and eyes attached to the inside of the join. Examples… vary from 0.06 to 0.22 inches in thickness and entire coats weighing between 4lb 4oz and 7lb 8oz.

Most surviving examples have sleeves, but a minority are sleeveless. Sleeves could be of a single thickness of leather from shoulder to wrist, or alternatively of a double thickness from the shoulder to the elbow, with a single thickness, to allow freedom of movement, to the wrist. All types had deep skirts attached, which protected the upper legs of the wearer. Some of the highest quality buff coats, typically shown in portraits of officers, had multiple stripes of gold or silver lace running lengthwise down, or hooped around, the sleeves.

The coat provided some protection against swords and other edged weapons, however, the buff coat was ineffective against firearms, possibly excepting spent bullets. The buff coat was worn under armour, where it helped to cushion the wearer from chafing or bruising by the armour’s edges, but it also was worn as an alternative to wearing metallic armour. The finest quality buff coats were expensive, which may account for their widespread association with officers and other men of material substance.

Together with the lobster-tailed pot helmet and cuirass it formed the basis of the equipment of the harquebusier, the typical type of cavalryman of the English Civil War and other European conflicts of the 17th century. Buff coats were issued to a minority of musketeers in the pike and shot formations to give them some protection during hand-to-hand combat. The buff coat was also worn by civilians requiring a protective and durable garment, such as huntsmen and men travelling on horseback.

(via Buff coat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)