I'm confident in my original thought- I think hunting shirts were not the
loose, flowing long garments we tend to see at events. The most famous
surviving shirt I believe at Newburg (the one with all the fringe) is
admittedly not a very typical garment, but the sleeves are extensively
pleated to draw them in close to the arm. The tailor and wearer obviously
were concerned about keeping the sleeves out of the way.
I will disagree also that tailoring is not being done on hunting shirts. In
the orderly book of the Va army in Williamsburg (entry for Oct 11 1775) the
men are to be issued clothand thread to make their own shirts- not being
issued a standard "one size fits all garment."
The biggest misunderstanding we carry about hunting shirts is that we fail
to realize these garments are, in most cases, uniforms. IN VA at the very
least, the soldiers were given hunting shirts becasue there was not the time
and/or resources to make proper coats. However, they are doing the best
they can in making a soldierly and uniform garment.
Read deserter descriptions from early war and note the different types of
striped, checked, etc hunting shirts that are overdyed to match a company's
or regiemnts color. These garments are clearly uniforms- made not only to
be a functional garment- but look good on the man wearing it (the same way a
properly fitted regimental is) not like potato sack.
Just because men are carrying things in their shirts doesn't mean you could
rig a ship with the cloth, and I will continue to caution against making
hunting shirts too voluminous.
>From: Patrick J OKelley <goober.com@...>
>Subject: [Revlist] Hunting frocks / rifle shirts
>Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 19:56:07 -0400
> >I tend to agree that a rifleman might have
> >been in a (formal) company and been issued a shirt that was a bit
> >but if you can find documentation for loose fitting and choose to wear
> >then by all means do so.
> All the accounts I have read of hunting shirts / rifle shirts, have been
>loose fitting. I have never seen a tight fitting hunting shirt accounted
> Whenever there is tailoring being done in the orderly books, it is never
>on hunting shirts.
> There are numerous complaints that the North Carolinians would store
>food and ammunition in the hunting shirts and it would ruin the
>cartridges. Kind of hard to do that with a tight one.
>2nd Regiment of the North Carolina Line
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