--In times of peace it is not specially essential for the citizen soldiery to be provided with hats or caps calculaed for long use. The military toggery of the volunteers, in times of peace, is designed mostly for show.
It could not well be otherwise, as the most dangerous enemy they have to encounter is the hot broiling sun on the tramp, and the serried hosts of brandy bottles and other condiments they meet after the conclusion of that fatiguing operation.
In war, the thing is entirely different.
The several corps discard their cumbrous head ornaments — throw off the tight-fitting dress coat, and seek that comfort which is found only in clothes suited to hard work.
In former times we have seen some of our Richmond
soldiery have on their heads articles that would do most efficient service as fire-buckets in time of a general conflagration — made of leather of the most substantial character, and weighing four or five, and sometimes six pounds; every parade used up the participants to the extent of general exhaustion and a bad headache.
Such articles, even for parade purposes, are now wisely cast aside.
War exists not by our own motion, but the lawless conduct of others.--Our volunteers, with an alacrity worthy of all praise, have converted themselves into regulars of the line to resist the invader.
To do this, they have put themselves into serviceable trim.
We sometimes, however, see companies from the country, who still retain the cumbrous ornaments common to volunteer soldiers, which they will have to get rid of, for they are not fit for the work in hand.
A correspondent, writing from the interior, speaks of having seen the Alleghany volunteers, and asks if there is no other caps ave the one they wear that can be adopted for the field, that would be less liable to induce sun-stroke and other fatal affections of the head.
In reply, it may be well to state that there need be no sun-stroke.
There are plenty of caps of the right sort in Richmond
, and they are furnished free of cost (if we are correctly informed) to all who need them.
A firm in this city are now engaged in getting up an article styles "Havelocks," which, in addition to the cap now in use renders the protection to the head perfect.