No epaulettes were worn. They are not mentioned in the uniform inventory lists, contracts of manufacture or correspondance of the director of the depot. The uniformes were not designed by the army or central gouvernment but by the counsil of american possessions. This caused a small riot between this counsil and the central gouvernment in 1802. The regular army light infantry or Jager battallions (1st - 4th) had green uniforms and did have green epaulettes. That the colonial Jagers got the numbers 5th till 8th was only when it was decided that these units would fall under army control in relation to organisational matters in may 1802. Financialy the counsil of american possessions was still responsable. This counsil together with the counsil of asiatic possessions (in general the old WIC - west indian company and VOC - east indian company) were reformed in the ministry of colonies in 1806. Due to this change in political organisation the records of these colonial units are luckely relatively well preserved in the archives unlike those of the regular army.