E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Red Feathers (The).
The Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry. They cut to pieces General Waynes brigade in the American War, and the Americans vowed to give them no quarter. So they mounted red feathers that no others might be subjected to this threat. They still wear red puggarees on Indian service. (See LACEDÆMONIANS.)