The Army…I find to be extremely well armed, pretty well clothed, and tolerably disciplined. Much yet remains to be done. Our soldiers have not yet quite the air of soldiers. They don’t step exactly in time. They don’t hold their heads up quite erect, nor turn out their toes exactly as they ought. They don’t all of them cock their hats; and as such do, don’t all wear them the same way. —
John Adams, August 25, 1777. Quoted by George C. Daughan, If By Sea.