Chartres Infanterie

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Origin and History

The regiment was created on November 14 1691 for Philippe d'Orléans, Duc de Chartres and son-in-law of King Louis XIV; who would later become regent of the kingdom of France.

In 1701, the regiment received a second battalion.

After the death of the regent in 1723, the Duc de Bourbon transferred the regiment to the Marquis d'Estampes on January 1724. The regiment was then named Estampes until February 22 1737.

During the War of the Polish Succession, the regiment served in Italy from 1733 to 1735.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, the regiment was initially deployed on the border of Flanders in 1742. In 1743, it served on the Rhine. From 1744 to 1748, it then took part to successive campaigns in Flanders.

The regiment counted two battalions.

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment ranked 96th and was under the command of:

  • since May 4 1753: Comte de Blot
  • from May 14 1758 to June 5 1763: Vicomte de la Tour du Pin

Service during the War

In 1756, the regiment was stationed at Honfleur.

In 1757, the regiment joined the Army of the Lower Rhine commanded by the Maréchal d'Estrées for the planned invasion of Hanover. At the end of June, it was at the camp of Bielefeld with d'Estrées' main corps. On July 26, the regiment was at the Battle of Hastenbeck where it was part of the centre under Contades. After the victory, the regiment encamped at Grosselsen near Hameln with the main body of the Army of the Lower Rhine from July 31 to August 2. After the Convention of Kloster-Zeven, it followed the main body, led by the Maréchal de Richelieu, who encamped at Halberstadt from September 28 to November 5. The regiment was placed in the centre of the first line. At the end of the year, it took its winter-quarters in the second line of the French Army at Northeim.

In February 1758, when Ferdinand of Brunswick launched his winter offensive, the regiment retired on the Rhine with the rest of the French Army. From March 30 to April 4, it was in the second line of Clermont's Army in the camp of Wesel on the Lower Rhine. In April, when Clermont redeployed his army along the Rhine, the regiment was placed in the second line at Kerken. After the successful crossing of the Rhine by Ferdinand's Army on May 31, the regiment retired towards Rheinberg where it joined Clermont's army on June 2. It remained in this camp, where it was placed in the centre of the second line, until June 12. On June 23, the regiment took part in the Battle of Krefeld where it was placed on the left wing of the second line under Saint-Germain. This division tried to stop the Allied outflanking manoeuvre and bore the brunt of the fighting, preventing for almost 3 hours the crossing of the ditch and repulsing three successive Allied attacks. After sustaining heavy casualties, it finally retired from the wood. In Mid August, after Ferdinand's retreat to the east bank of the Rhine, the regiment, as part of the Army of the Lower Rhine now under Contades, recrossed the Rhine to follow the Allied army. On August 20, it was encamped near Wesel where it was placed in the centre of the second line. At the beginning of October, the regiment was attached to Fitzjames' Corps which was sent to reinforce Soubise's Army in Hesse. On October 10, it was present at the Battle of Lutterberg where it placed on the right wing of the second line. However, it was not involved into any serious fighting during this battle.

To do: campaigns from 1760 to 1762

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1758 - Source: Kronoskaf
Uniform Details as per
Etrennes Militaires 1758,
and Etat militaire 1761
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne laced gold with a black cockade (white cockade as per Taccoli)
Grenadier black tricorne laced gold with a black cockade
Neckstock black
Coat grey-white
Collar none (red in 1761)

N.B.: Taccoli, in his work published in 1760, illustrates a red collar

Shoulder Straps n/a
Lapels none
Pockets patte d'oie pockets wider than high (5 copper buttons on each pocket: one in each corner and one in the middle of the lower edge)
Cuffs red narrow cuffs (en botte) with 3 copper buttons
Turnbacks none

N.B.: Taccoli, in his work published in 1760, illustrates white turnbacks

Waistcoat grey-white (red in 1761)

N.B.: Taccoli, in his work published in 1760, illustrates a red waistcoat with a single row of copper buttons and horizontal pockets, each with 3 copper buttons

Breeches grey-white
Gaiters white
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box natural leather
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard n/a


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

Officers

n/a

Musicians

n/a

Colours

The colonel flag was white with a white cross. Ordonnance flags had a white cross and four red cantons, each with a blue outer border. Ordonnance flags remained unchanged from 1691 to 1791.

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

References

Funcken, Liliane and Fred, Les uniformes de la guerre en dentelle

Menguy, Patrice; Les Sujets du Bien Aimé

Mouillard, Lucien, Les Régiments sous Louis XV, Paris: 1882

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

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

Taccoli, Alfonso; Teatro Militare dell' Europa, Part 1, vol. 2; Madrid, March 1760

N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.