Chassonville Dragoons

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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.

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

  • from 1701 to 1713: Louis-Marc Mallier, Comte de Chassonville

Service during the War

By February 1702, the regiment was posted in the Electorate of Cologne under the command of the Marquis de Montrevel.

In May 1703, the regiment was attached to the corps of the of the Prince Tserclaes de Tilly. On 30 June, the regiment fought in the Battle of Ekeren. In October, it was posted at Namur.

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, where it was posted in the second line on the extreme left wing.

From 1707 to 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 probably black
Coat blue with white lining and 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 white with silver buttons (we assume that there were 3 buttons in our illustration)
Turnbacks none
Waistcoat white?? with silver buttons
Breeches leather
Leather Equipment
Bandolier natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box black
Scabbard no information found
Footgear black leather boots
Horse Furniture
Saddlecloth blue bordered with a white braid
Housings blue bordered with a white braid
Blanket roll no information found


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

N.B.: Kuhn and Hall illustrate a red uniform with a white distinctive.

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, 6, 10

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