Hey Spanky...I mean Dave, did yah ever think that if your pa served the the French War, previous to the current fracas*, that he might've given you the green idea? Seeing as how the New York Provincial Regiment and the independent Companies of New York all wore green coats and jackets! Kind'a cool!!
*Reminds me of the old Texas story about the trial for shooting the madam of the local house of ill repute:
Attorney: "Did the lady get shot in the fracas?"
Witness: "No sir! She got shot between the navel and the fracas."