A Continental Line Officer stands ready to do his duty. In blue coat with red facings as was the standard for troops from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The two epaulettes are indicative of his rank as Major. His sword is another indicator of his rank. He has chosen to arm himself with an available "Brown Bess," the British Long Land pattern musket and so is also equipped with a leather cartridge box. One can only wonder at the exigencies of war which have caused this officer to prepare to fight. He is truly "Standing Ready."
By: Michael Gnatek