For these and other reasons, the governmental allowances would not have been at all adequate to cover the losses in clothing.
Recognizing this fact, the government supplied new articles gratis for everything lost in action, the quartermaster being required to make out a list of all such articles, and to certify that they were so lost, before new ones could be obtained.
But the men who did garrison duty were not exempt from long clothing bills more than were those who were active at the front.
I have in mind the heavy artillerymen who garrisoned the forts around Washington
They were in receipt of visits at all hours in the day from the most distinguished of military and civil guests, and on this account were not only obliged to be efficient in drill but showy on parade.
Hence their clothing had always to be of the best.
No patched or untidy garments were tolerated.
In the spring of 1864, twenty-four thousand of these men were despatched as reenforcements to the Army of the
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Potomac, and a fine lot of men they were.
They were soldiers, for the most part, who had enlisted early in the war, and, having had so safe — or, as the boys used to say, “soft” --and easy a time of it in the forts, had re-enlisted, only to be soon relieved of garrison duty and sent to the front as infantry.
But while they were veterans in service in point of time, yet, so far as the real hardships of war were concerned, they were simply recruits.
I shall never forget that muggy, muddy morning of the 18th of May, when, standing by the roadside