Toulongeon Cavalry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in 1682 by the Duke of Aarschot. In 1692, Alexander de Bay replaced him at the head of the regiment. In 1698, Toulongeon assumed command.

The regiment was disbanded in 1706 and its companies incorporated into the cavalry regiments Gaetano, Acosta, Lacatoire and Drouhot.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the successive colonels of the regiment were:

  • since 1698 until 1706: Maréchal de camp Comte de Toulongeon (promoted to lieutenant-general in 1706)

Service during the War

In the Spring of 1701, the 2 squadrons of the regiment were stationed in the Spanish Netherlands.

By 18 April 1702, the regiment was part of Bedmar's Army and was posted between Lierre and Aarschot behind the Line of the Nete. By 28 September, it was attached to the field army of the Maréchal de Boufflers.

By 4 May 1703, the regiment was attached to the field army of Maréchal de Villeroy and Maréchal de Boufflers, in Rosen's Brigade in the second line of the cavalry left wing.

In 1706, the regiment was disbanded and its companies incorporated into the cavalry regiments Gaetano, Acosta, Lacatoire and Drouhot.

Uniform

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Officers

Uniforms of officers differed from those of privates and NCOs by the finer material used. Their waistcoat, saddle cloth and housings were edged with a wide golden braid. They always wore a tricorne notwithstanding the headgear worn by soldiers.

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • colonel: a baton with a gold knob
  • lieutenant-colonel: a baton with a silver knob
  • sargento mayor: a baton with a silver topped knob
  • captain: silver or golden epaulettes (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on both shoulders
  • lieutenant: silver or golden epaulette (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on the right shoulder
  • cornet: silver or golden epaulette (according to the metal colour of the regiment) on the left shoulder

NCOs

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • sergeant : baton without knob and halberd
  • mariscal de logis (quartermaster): small woolen epaulette (red or of the distinctive colour of the regiment)
  • brigadier: swagger stick
  • corporal of squadron: swagger stick
  • second corporal of squadron (rank suppressed in 1706): swagger stick

Standards

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References

Dragonas Magazine

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

Acknowledgement

Jean-Pierre Loriot for the initial version of this article.