I'm watching The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (currently on S01E07) and I've noticed that his pants have a yellow stripe down them. According to what I know, American calvary soldiers during and after the Civil War wore pants with a yellow stripe down them exactly like Lord Bowler's. I also know there were African American cavalry soldiers during the time period, so this seems very plausible to me, but I couldn't find anything online nor have I seen anything during the series to confirm this. Any evidence other than his pants to support this? I imagine there are plenty of other explanations to explain this besides him behing a former cavalry soldier.

Here's a snap shot revealing the yellow stripe on his pants.

Lord Bowler

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Yes, Lord Bowler (his real name is James Lonefeather)

was First Sergeant in the US 10th Cavalry. The Cavalry trousers he wears are an artifact of his time in the Army.

During his time in the Army, he met the love of his life, Lenore Raymond, but couldn't do anything about it because she was married to a Lieutenant.

(This information is revealed in Episode 18: "Hard Rock")

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    Guess I should have waited until I completed the series, but it was just bugging me more and more as each episode went on. – Drew Chapin Sep 9 '13 at 4:03

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