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The Revolutionary soldier, 1775-1783

Author: C Keith Wilbur
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa. : Chelsea House Publishers, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hand-lettered text and detailed drawings illustrate the clothes, gear, personal items, food, weapons, medical supplies, and religious beliefs of the Continental soldier.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C Keith Wilbur
ISBN: 0791045331 9780791045336
OCLC Number: 35360867
Notes: Previously published: Old Saybrook, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, ©1993.
Description: 96 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Contents: Soldiers in the ranks --
The Hunting shirt --
Uniforms --
Buttons: Manufacture of bone buttons --
Casting of pewter buttons --
Continental button designs --
Footwear: Shoe, shoe buckle details, ice creepers, and cavalry boot --
Firearms, ammunition, and military drill --
Tomahawks --
Knives --
Cavalry --
Artillery --
Fife and drums --
Marks of rank --
Swords --
Pole arms: Trench pike, halberd, and spontoons --
Salutes --
Pistols --
Packs --
Canteens --
Firestarting and lighting implements --
Cooking and eating utensils --
Liquor containers --
Log shelters --
Tents --
Camp slaughter house by-products: Soap-making operation --
Cannister sack and drumhead made from hides --
Oxen powder horn --
Fortifications: Bill hook for cutting brush --
Fascines and gabions --
Completed breastwork --
Wagons --
Medicine, surgery, and hygiene --
Personal grooming: Shaving razor --
Hairdos: short and tied, long and plaited, short with side locks --
Scissors, clay hair curler, and soldier's comb --
Religion in camp --
Sparetime activities and their gear: Reading spectacles with case --
Wax for sealing letter --
Pipes and pipe tobacco --
Scissors, needle, and thimble --
Whittling --
Carving camp wooden ware: rifleman's noggin and drinking mug --
Multipurpose screwdriver --
Children's playthings made from lead and bullets --
Child's rag doll --
Holiday celebrations: The Fourth of July --
New Year's Day, St. Patrick's Day, May Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and battle celebration --
Awards of honor: Service stripes, the Purple Heart, and the medal of the Society of the Cincinnati --
Where to find examples of relics illustrated in this book.
Responsibility: C. Keith Wilbur.

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