This Assembly do establish Daniel Lyon to be Captain of the company of grenadiers raised in the towns of Pomfret, Woodstock and Killingley.
This Assembly do establish Stephen Brown to be Lieutenant of the company of grenadiers raised in the towns of Pomfret, Woodstock and Killingley.
This Assembly do establish Nathaniel Brown Junr to be Ensign of the company of grenadiers raised in the towns of Pomfret, Woodstock and Killingley."
During the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778, the Connecticut Council of Safety directed Governor Jonathan Trumbull to ask the "company of grenadiers at Woodstock, Pomfret and Killingly to exert and distinguish themselves on this occasion.” It is known that the 11th Regiment was present at Tiverton Heights during the battle, and it is probably safe to assume that the company of grenadiers were there also.
In 1782, 8 grenadiers are listed from the 20th Regiment of Connecticut Militia. They were part of "Captain Waterman's Company, [List of those detached agreeable to orders this Day, Rec'd from Benajah Leffingwell, Major of 20th Regt. in the State of Connecticut, Norwich, 19th Sept., 1782.]" There also must have been more grenadier companies in the Connecticut militia during the American Revolution, because the "General Return of the Militia, 1782-83. [The following return represents the strength of the Militia toward the close of the war. It is headed: 'General return of Militia, Cavalry and Infantry of Connecticut, com'ded by his Excellency Jonathan Trumbull, Captain General, Oct. 28, 1782. John Keyes, Adj. Gen.' - Trumbull Papers.]" lists "574 Grenadiers."
In the years following the Revolution, other grenadier companies were formed in Connecticut, and grenadier mitre caps of cloth were still being worn. The Milford Grenadier Company, raised in 1795, wore "pointed caps, about 18 inches high, of cloth, red front and buff back, with side edges and plume of ostrich feathers; a narrow frontlet was added afterwards, of same material." Their coat was scarlet with buff facings. As stated earlier, the British warrants of 1768 replaced the wool mitre caps with bear fur, although examples of both Colonial and British wool mitre caps exist that were worn during the American Revolution, and by the Connecticut militia into the 19th century. The grenadier coat is based on an article written by Charles M. Lefferts, who stated that the coat for this cap would be blue with red facings, and a contemporary painting of a "Grenadier of the Grenadier Company, New York Independent Forces," and a modern depiction of a "Grenadier, Captain John Lasher’s New York City Grenadier Company, 1775-1776." The reproduced coat is of dark blue wool with red facings, white buttons (pewter) with the button holes lined in yellow. The coat also bears “winged epaulets,” and the bursting grenades on the turnbacks which differentiated a grenadier company from regular companies of foot, although some light infantry companies also wore winged epaulets. Charles M. Lefferts’ description of the cap is as follows,
Group photo (including members of the Company of Grenadiers, Eleventh Regiment Connecticut Militia) at the conclusion of the Connecticut March for Independence, 225th Anniversary of the Lexington Alarm, Connecticut/Massachusetts border, April 30, 2000.
3) The History of the Milford Grenadiers. Their Origin, Progress and Disbandment, with a List of the Officers and Members., John W. Fowler, The Sentinel Office, Milford, Conn., 1876, Page 3.
7) The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, from October, 1772, to April, 1775, Inclusive, Charles J. Hoadley, Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, 1887, Pages 308-343.
9) A letter dated Wethersfield, April 23, 1775, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Adjutants-General, Hartford, 1889, Page 4.
13) Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Adjutants-General, Hartford, 1889, Page 588.
14) Ibid. Page 447.
15) Ibid. Page 447.
16) The History of the Milford Grenadiers. Their Origin, Progress and Disbandment, with a List of the Officers and Members., John W. Fowler, The Sentinel Office, Milford, Conn., 1876, Page 5.
17) Connecticut Militia, 1793-1800 (2), Plate Nos. 626 and 627, continued, Military Collector & Historian, Journal of The Company of Military Historians, Vol. XL, No. 3, Fall, 1988, Washington, D.C., Pages 138-139.