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Re: [WarOf1812] Literacy among the OR's of the 95th Foot

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  • HQ93rd@aol.com
    In a message dated 11/2/00 9:01:32 AM, mmathews@VAX2.WINONA.MSUS.EDU writes:
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      In a message dated 11/2/00 9:01:32 AM, mmathews@... writes:

      << And this begs the question, would you find more literate men among the
      militia than the regular military? >>

      Of course then there's always the ...ahem....93rd.
      The majority (Other Ranks) were taught, while growing up, in Parish schools
      at home in Scotland. While on garrison duty in South Africa twixt 1805 and
      1814 they earned extra money by teaching school. 700 of them were attested as
      to carrying their own bibles when on church parade. A famous New Orleans
      account is of a New Orleans gentleman, who having fought in the battle, later
      took off the body of a dead Highlander (bloody looter!) a bible which had
      been given the soldier by his mother.
      The high discipline and low offense and corporal punishment rate in the 93rd
      is often attributed to the high literacy rate.

      Cheers
      B
      93rd SHRoFLHU
      THE Thin Red Line
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