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by Pat Holscher
Sun Dec 10, 2000 11:46 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: SABRES AT THE WASHITA?
Replies: 28
Views: 8006

SABRES AT THE WASHITA?

Brrrr, bundle up Bob, its on the way to where you live (and you Texans too). It's -3 here (-16C to George) and headed south. Seriously though, thanks for the saber information, that is regarding Indian use of it. I had completely missed that somehow. It makes complete sense, however, as counting cou...
by Pat Holscher
Sun Dec 10, 2000 6:24 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Portrait of Cavalrymen in Winter
Replies: 22
Views: 6636

George, great stuff. That's another nifty looking group. In part I think this ties in with Ron's "Something to Consider" post, as the dress of the frontier era forces was apparently so unique, but also part and parcel of surviving under the conditions in which they labored. On native reina...
by Pat Holscher
Sun Dec 10, 2000 12:30 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Portrait of Cavalrymen in Winter
Replies: 22
Views: 6636

Portrait of Cavalrymen in Winter

George's comments about Wahita inspired me to add this, it is from McDermott's Frontier Crossroads and is of the members of 6th West Virginia Veterans Volunteer Cavalry, as posted at Platte Bridge Station in 1865-1866. "As winter lengthened, another strange species began to appear out-of-doors ...
by Pat Holscher
Sun Dec 10, 2000 9:03 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: SABRES AT THE WASHITA?
Replies: 28
Views: 8006

SABRES AT THE WASHITA?

I'm sorry I don't have anything to add right now on sabers at the Washita (I'll look in my badly organized library and see what I can find), but here's a real oddity I've been pondering for several days since I read it. In "Frontier Crossroads" McDermott mentions in two areas of the books ...
by Pat Holscher
Sat Dec 09, 2000 8:39 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Marine Marked Tack
Replies: 74
Views: 19342

To give a little background on USMC marked equipment, up until WW II each service had its own supply network. The Marines although not having a "Mounted Unit", did have mounts for its officers and certian units as needed. Thus generating a need for tack. When purchased from the Army the h...
by Pat Holscher
Fri Dec 08, 2000 11:05 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Marine Marked Tack
Replies: 74
Views: 19342

Marine Marked Tack

A while back there had been some discussion about the "Horse Marines". At that time there had been some tangental discussion of USMC marked tack. I've seen such items on ebay twice, but frankly I sort of figured they may have been marked after leaving the service. Anyhow, recently I was in...