But about that later.
I can imagine no other reason for calling it a dog tent than this, that when one is pitched it would only comfortably accommodate a dog, and a small one at that.
This tent was invented late in 1861 or early in 1862.
I am told it was made of light duck at first, then of rubber, and afterwards of duck again, but Inever saw one made of anything heavier than cotton drilling.
This was the
tent of the rank and file.
It did not come into general use till after the Peninsular Campaign
Each man was provided with a half-shelter
, as a single piece was called, which he was expected to carry on the march if he wanted a tent
The dog or shelter tent.|
to sleep under.
I will describe these more fully.
One I recently measured is five feet two inches long by four feet eight inches wide, and is provided with a single row of buttons and button-holes on three sides, and a pair of holes for stake loops at each corner.
A single halfshelter, it can be seen, would make a very contracted and uncomfortable abode for a man ; but every soldier was expected to join his resources for shelter with some other fellow.
It was only rarely that a soldier was met with who was so crooked a stick that no one would chum with him, or that he cared for no chum, although I have seen a few such cases in my experience.
But the rule in the army was similar to that in civil life.
Every man had his chum or friend, with whom he associated when off duty, and these tented together.
By mutual agreement one was the “old woman,” the other the “old man” of the concern.
A Marblehead man called his chum his “chicken,” more especially if the latter was a young