The Free Men of
Colour were formed under
the Spanish, and certainly were originally equipped in the white
colonial uniform. They were not originally wanted by the new
administration, but Claiborne gave them his support.
fall of San Domingo more free wealthy negroes came to New Orleans,
and a second company of Free Men of Colour was formed under
Major Louis Daquin.
Many other groups of regular
and irregular militia were formed in the era in the period
before the battle. Most had no uniform whatsoever, and used
their civilian clothes.
Others had rudimentary uniforms made
for them by quickly running up hunting shirts of uniform colour,
some sky blue with a white fringe, some blue-and-white check.
Most of the units were basically
groups of friends or members of the same clubs with no interest
in soldiering, and were unable to obtain the blue coats, black
shakos, belts, or white trousers laid down in militia regulations.
To see if your relatives participated
in this great battle refer to the link below.