Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Diary of Alexander G. Downing: Tuesday, November 5, 1861

We received strict orders today to take care of our equipment, especially our clothes and guns. Then we have to wear brass epaulets on our shoulders, which makes a great deal of extra work as they have to be kept polished.2

2 When we once got into active e service, these epaulets were discarded, and the "dog collars" went with them.—A. G. D.

Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 16

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