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Every officers mess should have a butt of Madeira on hand at all
times! ;^) I'll drink [hic - hic[ to that. <G>
I am reading a very good book
Life and Customs in the Regiments
by Lt. Col. R.J. Dickinson
Himalayan Books, New Delhi-110013
"Being a history of Mess origins and customs from a wealth
of Military records; enlivened anecdotes of mess times remembered ........."
Although more of a Victorian history, this books sites documentation from
1783 re: Royal Artillery Mess at Woolwich and other 1812'ish reports.
It states which Regiments had what toasts and certain Messes (Crown Forces)
only stocked "Official Drinks", some Port, Madeira, Sherry, Claret, etc. but
did not. So ........ NOT "Every officers mess would have a butt of Madeira
at all times!
I have been searching information on American Regiment's Mess histories but
are hard for this Canadian to acquire.
PS: Nothing on "Almond Sherry" :^)
In my research I have found very little if any at
present on the rules of US Officer's Messes. However,
the following order concerns the mess of the NCO's and
enlisted men of Company B 7th US Infantry in 1817.
Though just after the war years it is interesting in
It was found by Jim Parker of the Alabama Historical
Society in the National Archives in Record Group 98.
"Orderly Book of the 1st light Company 7th Regiment"
The fort in question in Ft. Montgomery approx. 50
miles north of Mobile, AL. It is named for Major
Lemuel Montgomery of the 39th USI who was killed in
the battle of Horseshoe Bend.
20th June 1817 Company Order:
1st The married men (whether non-commissioned
officers, musicians or privates)have the privilege of
messing with their wives, all others form a company
2nd The whole Company mess shall Breakfast, Dine and
Sup at the same hour. Breakfast shall be ready at the
beating of the breakfast drum and Dinner shall be
readiness and on the table at the beating of the one
o'clock Drum and Supper after retreat.
3rd Any non-commissioned officer or Musician absent
will forfeit mess.
4th The liquor ration shall be placed at the table at
the evening meal. The practice of drinking champagne
& Madeira in the mess is abolished unless friends are
present or they are willing to share.
5th None of the mess shall sit down to the table until
the cooks shall have reported the Breakfast, Dinner or
supper are in readyness.
6. The Cook shall clean the mess equipage as soon as
meals are over & put them away taking care that none
are lost...nothing to be removed except for
guards....the senior Non-commissioned officer shall
take the head of the table, the next the foot, the two
next the center...the cooks shall keep their persons
and premises perfectly clean.
In he 7th we have a Sunday morning Friends of the Cook
when the cook dispenses champagne.
All the best,
--- Larry Lozon <lalozon@...> wrote:
> I have been searching information on American=====
> Regiment's Mess histories but
> are hard for this Canadian to acquire.
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