the tents were thrown together, and quite a commodious hospital was in that way opened with a central corridor running its entire length between a double row of cots.
Tile smaller size of wall tent was in general use as the tent of commissioned officers, and so far as I now recall, was used by no one else.
While the Army of the Potomac was at Harrison's Landing
, under McClellan
, he issued a General Order
(Aug. 10, 1862) prescribing among other things wall tents for general field and staff officers, and a single shelter tent for each line officer; and the same order was reissued by his successors.
But in some way many
Officer's wall tent with fly.|
of these line officers managed to smuggle a wall tent into the wagon train, so that when a settled camp was entered upon they were provided with those luxurious shelters instead of the shelter tent.
Over the top an extra piece of canvas, called a fly, was stretched as additional protection against sun and rain.
These tents are generally familiar.
now provides her militia with them, I believe, without distinction of rank.
The tents thus far described I have referred to as used largely by the troops before they left the State
But there was another tent, the most interesting of all, which was used exclusively in the field, and that was Tente d'abri
--the Dog or Shelter Tent
Just why it is called the shelter tent I cannot say, unless on the principle stated by the Rev. George Ellis
for calling the pond on Boston Common a Frog Pond
: because there are no frogs there.
So there is little shelter in this variety