Red Feathers

(The). The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. They cut to pieces General Wayne's brigade in the American War, and the Americans vowed to give them no quarter. So they mounted red feathers that no others might be subjected to this threat. They still wear red puggarees on Indian service. (See Lacedaemonians.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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