Austrian Chevauleger-Regiment Löwenstein of the Seven Years' War, 1758–1763

Austrian Chevauleger-Regiment Löwenstein of the Seven Years' War, 1758–1763

By decree dated 1 February 1758, Feldmarschall-Leutnant Graf Löwenstein raised a Chevauleger-Regiment of two companies as a component of his Dragoner-Regiment by the same name. The new regiment received its own commander and the name Jung-Löwenstein. On 14 January 1759, the Chevauleger-Regiment was increased by eight companies, and by decree dated 22 March 1759 it was separated from its parent regiment.

FML Graf Löwenstein turned over his Dragoner-Regiment to Feldmarschall-Leutnant Saint-Ignon and became the Inhaber of the new Chevauleger-Regiment Löwenstein. In 1761, the Chevauleger-Regiment was increased to the twelve company establishment of the Austrian dragoon regiments. During the Seven Years' War, Löwenstein Chevaulegers fought at the Battles of Hochkirch, Kunersdorf, Landeshut, Liegnitz, and Freiberg.

Proprietor

  • FML, later G.d.C. Christian Philipp Fürst von Löwenstein-Wertheim, 1759–1781

Commanding Officer

  • Oberst Jacob Graf Choiseul-Stainville, 1758–1759
  • Oberst Carl Freiherr Voith von Salzburg, 1759–1765

Uniform

  • green coat with white buttons
  • red lapels with seven buttons and buttonholes left and right
  • red cuffs with three buttons
  • red turnbacks
  • red shoulder strap left
  • red aiguillette right
  • black stock
  • red vest with 2 × 7 white buttons
  • red or straw breeches
  • black gaiters with white buttons for dismounted service
  • white boot cuffs and tall black riding boots for mounted service
  • black tricorne with white border, and black cockade with white button
  • red saddlecloth with yellow border, and black and white rhombical design
  • black pistol holsters, with red holster covers and border design as above
  • round red mantlesack with border design as above
  • black leather bridle

Campaign History

  • Siege of Olmütz, 1758
  • Engagement at Wisternitz, 1758
  • Engagement at Holitz, 1758
  • Engagement at Stolpen, 1758
  • Battle of Hochkirch, 1758
  • Battle of Kunersdorf, 1759
  • Battle of Landeshut, 1760
  • Battle of Liegnitz, 1760
  • Engagement at Lindewiese
  • Engagement at Teplitz
  • Battle of Freiberg, 1762

Light straw-coloured leather breeches were worn on campaign. Chevauleger-Regiment Löwenstein was distinguished from Dragoner-Regiment Saint-Ignon by its white buttons.

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