Re: [War Of 1812] Question related to Photo on site
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USS CON 1812 MG
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, Steve Abolt <sacbg7@...> wrote:
> Good afternoon.
> The US army did not issue individual overcoats, or
> "greatcoats", to soldiers until 1816. Prior to that
> time each company was assigned watch coats limited to
> 5 or more per company. The watch coat was to be used
> for those standing watch, or guard, and exposed for
> long periods to the elements.
> Its length would naturally preclude easy marching.
> The weight would also tend to become troublesome to
> the shoulders after long periods of wearing. I have
> experienced this first hand with my personal
> greatcoat. The weight of the body fabric, lining and
> three capes, without a mid section belt support
> becomes quite distressful. Our Sgt. Maj. experienced
> the same problem with his surtout, also made of heavy
> goods. He remedied this by wearing his sword belt
> over the coat.
> The coat was constructed of lion, sometimes listed as
> lyon skin. This is a shaggy, heavily milled cloth
> designed to shed water. Fearnought, another thick
> cloth is also mentioned.
> The cape was long, unlike the 1816-51 issue for
> individual soldiers. It was also cut in the
> Spanish,style, meaning here a full circle of cloth.
> The coat, cape and sleeves were lined.
> The 1st US Infantry before the war were authorized to
> make individual blanket coats for the men. A
> description of these coats are found in the standing
> orders for the Regiment. There is a more detailed
> description in the order by Secretary of War Dearborn.
> For winter wear soldiers were to wear their vests with
> sleeves, herewith meaning the gray roundabout, under
> their uniform coats. Callendar Irvine, US Commissary
> General of Purchases would remind cutters that the
> uniform coats were to be cut slightly larger to
> accommodate the roundabout underneath.
> Not every regiment received watch coats. Returns for
> the 7th INF after the battle of New Orleans lists not
> a single watch coat issued or in stores.
> Men would sometimes receive an extra blanket and
> fashion coats of their own.
> All the best,
> --- Colin <usmarine1814@...> wrote:
> > I know the Marine Corps issued only one watchcoat
> > for every 5 men or
> > so. What was the US Army watchcoat issue?
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