. The uniform of ordinary cadets was an amalgam of required college dress and West
Point attire. Students were required to wear a dark gray Oxford mixed,
single-breasted coat, with claw-hammer tails. Over this the cadets put white
crossbelts and a waist belt. An officer wore the same coat, trimmed with gilt
buttons and gold epaulettes, white trousers, black shako with fountain plumes, a
scarlet sash, white sword belt, and a straight sword (Batchelder, Bits of Harvard History
, p. 68).