Every soldier in Canada, during the War of 1812 was issued with a greatcoat. This was an absolute must in the Canadian climate. The greatcoat was made of grey wool and closed with a single row of pewter buttons. The Sergeant's greatcoat, as a distinction of his rank, would have had blue cuffs and collar along with his three stripes. Private's greatcoats would have had grey cuffs and collar. Officers were ordered to wear grey wool greatcoats similar to their men, though they would be double-breasted.