The racer-back on the dress showed off her toned arms and shoulders.Most regiments were referred to formally by their number (in longhand), followed by the word 'Regiment' and then the classification 'Native Infantry' e.g. In order to distinguish a unit from the identically numbered regiments in the other two presidencies, it would be necessary to state to which of the three EIC armies the regiment belonged. 'Fortieth Regiment Native Infantry (Volunteers)'; where this is the case regiments have been annotated in the list above with the abridged designation '(V)'. Other regiments were designated 'Light Infantry', e.g. The 2nd and 16th Bengal Native Infantry were designated as 'grenadier' regiments.It is of course possible that the formation of such composite battalions, (if it happened at all), post-dated the juncture at which the rebel army gave up on sallying forth to attack the ridge.The ten Light Cavalry regiments of the Bengal Army wore 'French grey' stable jackets and overalls, although 'grey' is something of a misnomer for a shade that was not a great deal deeper than sky blue.The Ferezopore Sikhs, by contrast, remained staunch and fought in their comfortable native dress for the rest of the war.
On the other hand, the memoirs of Colonel Jeremiah Brasyer, make it abundantly clear that the Ferezopore Regiment was required from the outset to wear conventional military headdress.
Note that in addition to the Bengal Native Infantry and Light Infantry regiments there were also many Bengal 'Local Infantry' Regiments and a number of 'Irregular Contingents', some of which also participated in the Mutiny. The pouch was actually worn over the right buttock, from a belt slung over the left shoulder.
See the organization page for a listing and breakdown. By 1857 the bayonet had moved onto "The head-dress for the native infantry of the line is henceforth to be a dark blue Kilmarnock cap, encircled by a white band (woven in the cap) with the number of the regiment in front; the numbers to be one inch and a half long.
There was some apprehension as to what the men's reaction would be, but in the event only sepoy refused to wear a cap on religious grounds, which he continued to do even after being told by the regimental 'gooroo' that the cap was acceptable.
Brasyer does not make it clear whether he is referring to shakoes or forage caps, but if it was the former, they would have been replaced by the latter in pretty short order anyway.