- Sep 14 12:45 PMre: Message
From: Fitzhugh MacCrae <alaidh@...>
Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Today in 1814: Now NPS Fort McHenry
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'cause that is what we is talkin' bout
David Bennett <ebclemson@...> wrote:
Lets discuss facial hair on Regulars...British or American!
When you are involved in prolongued contact with the
enemy (days or weeks, not just a matter of a few
hours), your resources and time must be carefully
allocated to reflect the realities of the situation.
Do you clean your weapon, or shave?
Larry writes: Let us call a spade a spade, British
( and according to the learned colleague ) and
American soldiers were orderd to shave.
Take, for instance, Brown's division and Drummond's
division along the Niagara in 1814. For the first
month, both divisions are in almost constant contact
with each otther, the americans are marching and
countermarching up and down the river, reinforcements
for drummond are forced marching to the front as fast
as they can.
Larry writes: If you had time to carry out body functions,
according to the British Army, you had time to shave, the
lowly Kent Militia, who were untrained farmers, were
told to shave while marching under Gen Brock and the 41st.
Then we look at fort Erie -
If you were a soldier in Garrison = Fort Erie,
you would have saved ......
under siege you say ...... watch Zulu, he says,
"do up your button, Man!"
that has been the attitude in the British Army since
So, you shaved ............
During my tours in Southeast asia, we frequently did
not shave for long periods,
Fitz: in the modern armies they don't wear their dress uniforms into battle
thus "Battledress" but in 1812, spit & polish 'member them red coats?!?!
We can argue, excuse me, discuss facial hair all nite, but the regs said,
so when showing the public "how it was"
... they were supposed to be clean shaven .......
The guy who says, " I just marched from Major B's HQ in Hollywood,
and havn't had time to shave "
... should be more interested in hiding his beer kooler.
In my humble opinion
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