Arco Cavalry

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Origin and History

On 19 April 1701, Elector Joseph Clemens of Cologne signed a subsidy contract with France by which he agreed to supply two cavalry regiments and two dragoon regiments, each of two squadrons.

The present regiment was often designated as “Arco Cologne” to distinguish it from the Bavarian “Arco Cuirassiers.” It would later become the Cologne Leibregiment.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment was commanded by:

  • from 1701 to 1713: Count Arco

Service during the War

By February 1702, the regiment was posted in Lierre and Aarschot. At the end of the year, it took up its winter-quarters in Luxembourg.

On 30 June 1703, the regiment took part in the Battle of Ekeren.

In 1704, the regiment was posted in the Principality of Liège.

In 1705, the regiment was in the region of Namur.

On 23 May 1706, the regiment fought in the Battle of Ramillies. It later took part in the defence of Dendermonde and in the combat of Mons.

In 1707, the regiment campaigned in Flanders.

On 11 July 1708, the regiment was present at the Battle of Oudenarde.

In 1709, the regiment campaigned in Flanders.

In 1710, the regiment campaigned in Flanders. It took up its winter-quarters on the Meuse River.

In 1712, the regiment formed part of the garrison of Arras.

In 1713, the regiment took part in the campaign in Southern Germany.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1702- Source: Copyright Richard Couture
Uniform Details
Headgear black tricorne laced silver
Neck stock black
Coat red with silver buttons on the right side
Collar none
Shoulder straps no information found
Lapels none
Pockets horizontal pockets with silver buttons (we assume that there were 3 buttons in our illustration)
Cuffs black with silver buttons (we assume that there were 3 buttons in our illustration)
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat black?? with silver buttons
Breeches leather
Leather Equipment
Bandolier no information found
Waistbelt no information found
Cartridge Box no information found
Scabbard no information found
Footgear black leather boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth red bordered with a silver braid
Housings red bordered with a silver braid
Blanket roll no information found


Troopers were armed with a sword, a pistol and a carbine.

Officers

no information found

NCOs

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Musicians

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Standards

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References

Golberg, Claus-Peter: Kur-Köln 1701-1713 – Haustruppen im Spanischen Erbfolgekrieg, Kaltenkirchen, 1996, pp. 1, 5, 10

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