In a message dated 11/2/00 9:01:32 AM, mmathews@...
<< 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.
THE Thin Red Line