American Civil War Armies (5): Volunteer Militia by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

Uniformed volunteer devices have been raised via participants, frequently from an area's social élite who had adequate spare time and money to spend on such enthusiasms. They voted on their unit designation, their officials and non-commissioned officials, their unit ideas, and their uniform. Many destiny leaders realized their talents in those ranks, and volunteer defense force devices shaped the middle of many struggling with devices on each side of the Mason-Dixon line. With the aid of a variety of pictures and illustrations, together with 8 complete web page color plates by means of Ron Volstad, Philip Katcher does an outstanding task of detailing the uniforms of the volunteer defense force of the yank Civil struggle (1861-1865).

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Both officers and men were still wearing their old stove-pipe shako during the campaign instead of the 1812-pattern shako which had long since been introduced. been at Barrosa looked like by the end of the 1812 campaign in the Peninsula. The Brigade of Guards con i ting of the six companie of the 2nd Battalion First Guards, and three companies each of the Cold tream and Third Guards, was parr of the Allied force defending Cadiz and in 1811 the accoutrements and arms which were new in 1809 were still being worn.

Regimental cobblers were bedevilled by the shoddy construction of the army boot wruch kept them busy for most of the time. run Harris of the 95th, had extra loads to carry in addition to their own kit. ' Towards the end of the Peninsular campaign, by which time Wellington's army had become a finely-tuned fighting machine, 'the finest for its numbers in Europe', as \Vellington himself put it, the problems wruch had be et regimental cobblers like Harris had largely been ironed out. The amlY supply system was second-to-none, and the problems of poor footwear had largely been overcome as we have seen by a combination of improvisation, good supply and by experience, wruch counts for much.

Indeed, as we have seen, the men had adopted the local 'sandals', they wore improvised shoes cut from cow hides and, more important, were blessed with an improved upply sy tern which kept them well stocked with the sort of supplies wruch had been sadly lacking in the early years of the war. Wellington giving orders to a group of officers prior to the storming of Ciudad Rodrigo, January 19th 1812. The two officers are wearing light infantry uniforms whilst the men themselves are wearing greatcoats.

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