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  • ronpontiac
    There are original samples of some pretty neat pieces of campaign furniture in various historic sites across the land, Fort George, par example, has a neat
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      There are original samples of some pretty neat pieces of campaign
      furniture in various historic sites across the land, Fort George,
      par example, has a neat two piece dresser/desk on display in the
      officers' quarters. While this stuff was not cheap at the time,
      auctions of the belongings of unfortunate comrades made the stuff
      available to less well-healed officers. The problem came with
      transportation of the stuff from post to post. A subaltern had to
      pay extra shipping to get anything beyond the basics transported from
      one post to another.

      An officer at an encampment? I would speculate on him having only a
      few very basic necessities--like a comfortable sleeping arrangement
      but not chairs and side tables. There are Peninsula War diaries
      showing subalterns sleeping al fresco with their greatcoats as cover--
      no teak chairs, marquis tents, etc.

      I recall a Rev War event commemorating the Battle of White Plains a
      number of years ago. You had to park a few miles from the campsite
      meaning that everything had to be hauled in on the backs of the
      participants. The campsites were remarkably free of tables, chairs,
      cumbersome cookware, etc. Reenactors had chosen carefully the items
      that they were willing to haul in to the campsite on their backs.

      Ron
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