115412Re: Maintenance and Cleanliness on Campaign
- Mar 1, 2009Dear John and List-
> I've never seen mention of oil or brick dust, etc. actually beingSmith's Universal Military Dictionary (London 1779)
> carried by soldiers BUT the men were often ordered to clean and
> burnish their arms. <snip> Just
> because none of the order books or soldiers' lists of the gear they
> carried mention having oil, do I leave my musket to rust?
NECESSARIES, in a military sense, implies [long list of clothing
1 oil bottle, 1 brush and picker, 1 worm, 1 turn-key,
1 hammer cap, and 1 stopper.
Simes, A Military Course for the Government and Conduct
of a Battalion (London 1777)
The form for "Inspection Report of Cloaths and Necessaries, &c"
(pg. 114) lists (besides clothing):
Leather for Arms
Balls of P. Clay
Brush and Picker
Simes The Military Guide for Young Officers (London 1781)
"Complement of Necessaries to be furnished each soldier"
1 oil bottle; 1 brush and picker; 1 worm; 1 turnkey;
1 hammer-cap; and 1 stopper.
As can be seen above, the oil bottle was part of the a soldier's
"Necessaries". You don't see it mentioned separately because
it was among a soldier's default items, along with things like
clothes and shoes. Simes above lists Pipe Clay, and the 40th
OB lists black ball and brushes, so at time things like these
were also considered necessaries. These items were so much
part of a soldier's standard kit that they had to issue orders to
leave them behind, as shown by the number of OB entries
starting "Shall land with no more necessaries than (list of clothing)"
(Sjt. John Savage, Col's. Coy. HM 33rd Foot)
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