The Royal North Gloucester; Being Notes from the Regimental Orders and Correspondence of the Royal North Gloucester Militia

The Royal North Gloucester; Being Notes from the Regimental Orders and Correspondence of the Royal North Gloucester Militia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... beaver. But, though the army at large were relieved from the infliction of this pent-house, it was not so with the officers, for "field and staff officers, and also the officers of battalion companies," were ordered to wear "hats" as usual. Amongst the men the chief object of anxiety must have been the pigtail, if any judgment may be drawn from the prominent place which this appendage occupies in regimental order-books. Officers are directed to see that "it be properly tied;" men were commanded to treat it as Isaak Walton directs his angler to treat the impaled frog, "as though they loved it." Lamentations are made over the shabby look of the tails when "the varnish is rubbed off," and serjeants are peremptorily ordered to "get varnish, and see that every one of his company is properly furnished with it." "Heel-ball" (whatever that may be) is denounced as " not proper," and therefore must not be used, "as it cracks and breaks off." The men are severely cautioned against pulling and damaging each other's pigtails. At one time hair-powder was ordered to be "combed through them lightly," but afterwards the use of powder was forbidden. It is difficult to comprehend the reason why this deformity was cherished both in the army and the navy. In both it has long been utterly obsolete. But it is needless and useless to dwell longer upon the differences, sometimes minute sometimes important, between the observances of the earlier and the later day. Beturning to the regiment at Shorncliffe; the spring and summer of 1801 will be long remembered for the prepara 1801. tions made on the other side of the Channel for the invasion of England, and on this for...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236491122
  • 9781236491121