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The 52nd Regiment’s grenadier company fought at the Battles of Lexington and Concord and took heavy casualties at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The 52nd Regiment’s grenadier company became part of the 2nd Battalion of Grenadiers that was formed in 1776 and went on to fight in and around New York City that year. In 1777, they served during the Philadelphia Campaign where they engaged in intense fighting at the Battle of Brandywine.
By the early 18th century, the practice of distinguishing British Army regiments by different facings and distinctive lace trim was in general use. The red coats of the 52nd were faced with buff and trimmed with lace featuring a “red worm” and an orange stripe. This private also wears the distinctive bear-fur cap of the British grenadiers.