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The team is hard at work, many of them so engrossed in their work they likely have to think hard to remember what day of the week it is.


With that said, Waterloo's 200th Anniversary is drawing ever closer. The anniversary of the Battle is just 91 days away and today marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the One Hundred Days Campaign. On this day two hundred years ago, Napoleon returned to Paris and that night rebuilt the French Government under him as Emperor. Less than a week later the 7th Coalition would sign a "Holy Alliance" and commit over 900,000 soldiers, with the sole purpose of removing Napoleon from power.

If you're interested in following the events commemorating the 200th Anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo, you can find the official site here.

I have always been interested in the uniform and equipment of the Confederate soldier.  While Union soldiers were commonly well equipped, the Confederate soldier had to learn to do as much as he could with as little as possible.  

Below is a chapter from the book "Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy.  The author, who fought as a private in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, describes the Confederate soldier’s outfit at the beginning of the war and how he learned to get by with just the bare necessities by the end of the war.  The book is available in the public domain.

Chapter IV of Recollections of a Private by Warren Lee Goss


On the 25th of June preparations were made for a general advance from our position at Fair Oaks. Our pickets on the left were moved forward to an open field crossed by the Williamsburg road, and our lines then pushed forward beyond a swampy belt of timber, which for several days had been contested ground. Our troops, going in with a dash, met little serious resistance. The ground was so marshy in places that our men were obliged to cluster round the roots of trees or stand knee-deep in water. On the 27th (the day of the “battle of Gaines’s Mill) and the 28th the enemy in our front were unusually demonstrative, if not active. Our pickets were often so near the enemy’s outposts as to hear them talk. One of my comrades told me of a conversation he overheard one night between two of the “Johnnies.”

CHAPTER VII of Recollections of a Private by Warren Lee Goss

The removal of the Army of the Potomac from its new base on the James, and the setting aside of McClellan from its command, has been a prolific source of discussion and recrimination. There is much that can be said both in favor of and against its removal, which a dispassionate man might assent to as pertinent and just. On one hand it is claimed that the unhealthy situation in which the army would be placed while inactive amid the low and marshy land on the north of the James during August and September, made its removal expedient. While on the other hand it is certain that the months following would be no more fatal than those which had preceded, and that the sanitary condition of the army would compare favorably with that of any other in the field. It is again urged that it was advisable to concentrate the military forces then in Virginia into one army.

Chapter V of Recollections of a Private by Warren Lee Goss