UPS dropped off my copy of Jerry Thompson's New Mexico Territory
During the Civil War
night (I must have been his last stop as late as it was).
During a quick survey of it I saw a number of things of interest to
reenactors in the Southwest. Definitely a work worth going through
Here is one such interesting tidbit I saw was this description of
Company A, 5th Inf,. C,V.
"They were armed with two patterns of the rifle-musket, cal. .58,
which were in tolerable order, and some of good appearance. The dress
was the blouse, generally dark-blue pants, and both hats & caps.
Waist-belts were worn & in some cases, shoulder belts, the majority
not having them. A few letters were displayed upon the hats, but no
numbers, and such articles as cartridge-box plates, screwdrivers,
wipers, gun slings were, in several cases, lacking. Clothing was only
ion tolerable order, and sometimes dirty, and the belts did not
generally appear to have been blackened,,,"
While very interesting and a wealth of items to ponder and discuss. I
suggest not running too far with this one description. From my perusal
last night, it seems that conditions varied widely from post to post
and unit to unit. Just giving you a taste of some of the details
available in these reports. Definitely makes a welcome addition to
Thomson and Mansfield's pre-war reports and should provide a wealth of
information to explore and share.
Thanks needs to go to Frank Belluardo for alerting me about this
Troy Groves - Historical Interpreter
Co. F, 1st Infantry, California Volunteers - Carleton's Cannibals Mess
"I have seen purer liquors, better seegars, finer tobacco, truer guns
and pistols, larger dirks and bowie knives, and prettier cortezans,
here in San Francisco than in any place I have ever visited, and it is
my unbiased opinion that California can and does furnish the best bad
things that are obtainable in America." - Hinton R. Helper (1855)