Re: [War Of 1812] British Drummers + Bearskins
- --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, Luthien Tinuviel <rrbeckner@...>
>Good question! I went back and checked the ratios on some of the
> So it would seem that the drummers and fifers of the
> grenadier company had both a shako and a bearskin (if
> "grenadier cap" may be interpreted as bearskin)?
> Perhaps the bearskins were only worn for special
> Fifer, 89th Regt. Grenadier Coy.
40 Sergeant Coats
4 Grenadier Caps
664 Rank and File Coats
80 Grenadier Caps
The same seems to hold true - both the Grenadier Cap and a regular
Cap for all ...
- In a message dated 01/01/2007 21:19:45 Central Standard Time,
So it would seem that the drummers and fifers of the
grenadier company had both a shako and a bearskin (if
"grenadier cap" may be interpreted as bearskin)?
Perhaps the bearskins were only worn for special
Not surprising really, Canada was a British possession, the army was not
sent there to fight a campaign but was a native army defending its territory
from an invader. As such all the troops there (pre invasion) would have been
equipped for the formal ceremonies in such a station, including 'grenadier caps'
(bearskins is a relatively modern term). Also remember that Sir George
Prevost was well known for being a martinet so we can be sure that all formal
ceremonies were carried out in the regulation dress, in fact there were Peninsula
veterans who complained that Prevost was far more picky about such things
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