Re: Digest Number 1642
- Hi Dave,
I would be EXTREMELY interested in hearing more from the Fort Belle Fontaine
Orderly book. Do you have a copies of it?
Fort Belle Fontaine historic site
> Date: Sat, 01 Mar 2003 18:31:50 -0000
> From: "ebclemson <ebclemson@...>" <ebclemson@...>
> Subject: Bed Sacks
> Many months ago there was a thread regarding if in the U.States Army Bed sacks
> were provided to soldiers.
> I've recently was going through papers I have collected over the years and found
> the following in the Fort Belle Fontaine Orderly book. Fort Belle Fontaine was
> located on the Missouri River just North of St. Louis Missouri. The 1st Infantry
> and a company of artillery were posted there.
> A notation was written in the book dated June 13, 1809 regarding the court
> martial of Captain Isaiah Doane who was on the East Coast.
> "For Making out a false Contingent account against Government, charging Bed
> Sacks which his soldiers had paid for."
> There was also a cantonement order for June 27 1810...."All the Public Blankets,
> Beds and sheets for the hospital that may be in possesion of the Comanding
> officer of Companys must be immediately deivered to Doctor Saugrain, Surg.
> Apparently, at least before the war started, the custom was that the men
> provided for their own Bed Sacks, but they were issued to Hospitals. It also
> appears that the "Hospital store" were sometimes "obtained" by the men.
> Dave Bennett
> 1st Infantry & Missouri Rangers.