Like many Provincial units, little is known of the Volunteers of Ireland. There are no known Colours, drums, or uniforms; no detailed invoices of clothing; no orderly books, nor first-hand descriptions.
The regiment was formed in Philadelphia as the Volunteers of Ireland in May of 1778; and, when in 1779 the regiment was placed on the American Establishment as the 2nd American Regiment, their coats were red, with green facings. They were in this uniform at Charleston, shortly before the evacuation of that city in 1782, when they were taken into the Regular Establishment as the 105th Regiment of Foot.
From this time until their departure for Ireland in April, 1783, it is most likely that their Colours, drums, and uniforms remained as that of the 2nd American Regiment. It is logical to assume that based on their green facings, their Colours and the front of their drums would have been of the same green color.
The Colours and drum shown here are based on a similar design carried by the 1st American Regiment, the Queen's Rangers.
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