Royal Corse Infanterie

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on August 10 1739 in Corsica and travelled to France in November of the same year.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, the regiment initially guarded the frontiers with Flanders. In 1743, it was at Berghes. In 1744, it embarked for the expedition to Scotland. On his return, it was stationed at Menin. On May 11 1745, it took part in the battle of Fontenoy. On October 11 1746, it fought at Raucoux. In 1747, it was at Malines. In 1748, it was at Berg-op-Zoom.

This regiment counted only one battalion.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment ranked 103rd, it was under the nominal command of king Louis XV and under the effective command of its successive lieutenant-colonels:

  • since August 10 1739: de Villeneuve comte de Vence
  • from January 18 1760 to November 27 1765: comte de Vence

On December 21 1762, the regiment was incorporated into Royal Italien Infanterie. Effective incorporation took place in March 1763 at Perpignan.

Service during the War

On April 23 1756, fearing for the coasts of Provence which were only guarded by II./Cambis Infanterie and five poor quality militia battalions, Richelieu ordered the regiments of La Viefville Saint-Chamond Infanterie and Royal Corse to reinforce this area.

By August 1 1757, the regiment had been transferred to the Isle de Ré in the Aunis country.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1757 - Source: Kronoskaf
Uniform Details as per
Etrennes Militaires 1756 and 1758, Abrégé du Dictionnaire Militaire 1759
Etat Militaire 1758, 1760 and 1761

completed where necessary according to the illustration in the manuscript "Troupes du Roi, Infanterie française et étrangère, année 1757"
and Taccoli's illustration in "Teatro Militare dell' Europa" of 1760"
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne laced gold with a black cockade
Grenadier black tricorne laced gold with a black cockade
Neckstock black
Coat grey-white lined grey-white with 12 yellow buttons on the right side and 1 yellow button on each side at the small of the back
Collar green
Shoulder Straps n/a
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets (4 yellow buttons)
Cuffs green, each with 4 yellow buttons and 4 narrow white buttonholes
Turnbacks none (Taccoli and Raspe both show grey-white turnbacks)
Waistcoat red with 2 rows of 12 yellow buttons each, grouped 2 by 2; and 12 narrow white buttonholes
Breeches white
Gaiters white with small black buttons
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box natural leather
Bayonet Scabbard n/a
Scabbard natural leather


Armaments consisted of a musket and a bayonet. Fusiliers carried a sword (brass hilt) while the grenadiers had a sabre.

Officers

Officers wore uniform quite similar to those of the privates with the following differences:

  • gold laced tricorne
  • silver gorget
  • no turnbacks
  • a wooden cane

Musicians

The drummers of the regiment wore the Royal Livery: blue coat lined red; red cuffs, waistcoat and breeches; laced with the braid of the small Royal Livery.

Drummer wearing the Royal Livery - Source: Jocelyne Chevanelle

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

French Royal Livery - Source: reconstruction based on a sample from Jean-Louis Vial's collection


Colours

The colonel flag was white with a white cross sown with golden fleurs de lys; carrying the golden motto “Per Haec Regnum” on the horizontal branch of the cross. Ordonnance flags had a white cross sown with golden fleurs de lys and carrying the golden motto “Per Haec Regnum” on its horizontal branch; with 4 green cantons.

Colonel Colour - Source: Kronoskaf
Ordonnance Colour - Source: Kronoskaf

References

The article incorporates texts from the following books which are now in the public domain:

  • Pajol, Charles P. V., Les Guerres sous Louis XV, vol. VII, Paris, 1891, p. 214

Other sources

Anonymous, Troupes du Roi, Infanterie française et étrangère, année 1757, Vol. 1, ca. 1757

Funcken, Liliane et Fred; Les uniformes de la guerre en dentelle

Menguy, Patrice; Les Sujets du Bien Aimé

Rogge, Christian; The French & Allied Armies in Germany during the Seven Years War, Frankfurt, 2006

Service Historique de l'armée de terre, Sommaire des forces armées Françaises à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur de la France - 1er Août 1757

Taccoli, Alfonso; Teatro Militare dell' Europa, Part I, Vol. II, Madrid, 1760

Vial J. L.; Nec Pluribus Impar