In modern terms dried field grasses would be hay. Straw is the left over stems of harvested wheat, rye, beans, etc. Mark D ... The use of straw (defined asJan 1, 2003 1 of 22View SourceIn modern terms "dried field grasses" would be hay. Straw is the left over stems of harvested wheat, rye, beans, etc.
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The use of straw (defined as dried field grasses) would depend on the time
of year and the state of the field in which the army was camping.
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... Hi Brian, Great information thanks. Yes, I ll track down the book you mentioned. I saw that Feltoe had also mentioned Palliasses in British issues. I veJan 2, 2003 1 of 22View Source
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "nappingcrow <nappingcrow@h...>" <nappingcrow@h...> wrote:
Great information thanks. Yes, I'll track down the book you mentioned. I saw that Feltoe had also mentioned "Palliasses" in British issues.
I've seen "huts" used more than "barracks".... I may be wrong here, but from the American records I've read...it appears huts were single story and barracks were two story? But, Hay <g>.....I'm guessing.
This has been a great thread on HAY and STRAW. Every thing you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask.
By the way, "MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES"....is a great period phrase. Col. Jacob Kingsbury, 1st Infantry used this in a letter before the War.
As far as the accounts of women ...1) Lydia's Bacon's account is good one. Her husband was in the 4th U.States Infantry.
2) My wife publish? Actually, she has but not this particular subject though she has given presentations on this subject.
3) Norman Caldwell wrote some very fine
articles on Civilians during the war era.
> Hi Dave,
> Palliasses (From French word for straw, variants palliasse,
> paillasse, etc.) were sacks or mattresses filled with straw, and seem
> to have a history in the British army predating the American
> Revolution, and also seem to have been inherited by the American
> I didn't mean to imply I thought bedsacks were issued/used on the
> march, but rather that I was wondering whether they were expected in
> winter quarters - when the army had theoretically settled down in
> huts. (My use of "huts" here following Clary's, and different from
> the more permanent "barracks".) As quoted, they'd have been used for
> two men rather than one to each.
> I also have a copy of the 1813 regulations, and they omit the
> word "palliass" which was used in 1808. Whether this is because they
> weren't used, or because they were assumed/implied as routine items I
> do not know. I haven't seen a first hand account of them, so I'm
> curious about what others think.
> I haven't seen much on what campaign life was like for officer's
> wives in the American army of the time - when's your wife going to
> publish? :-)
> If you can track down a copy of "These Relics of Barbarism" it's
> worth it.
> Thanks, and Happy New Year
> Brian S.