Uniforms U.S. M1851 Pattern Shoes, U.S. Army bootees, Brogans, Army Shoes, or Mud Scows.

major bill

Brev. Brig. Gen'l
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Some of the Union states provided their early regiments with shoes. How would these state issued shoes have held up under the stress of campaigning? We have all heard of states issuing poor quality uniforms so can we assume that some state issued their early regiments poor quality shoes? This raises the possibility that early in the war some Union regiments were almost barefoot.
 

14NYSM

Cadet
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Sep 18, 2021
I cannot recall of New York contracting for shoes. I have seen photos of men in civilian footware while in uniform.
 

Package4

1st Lieutenant
Joined
Jul 28, 2015
Some of the Union states provided their early regiments with shoes. How would these state issued shoes have held up under the stress of campaigning? We have all heard of states issuing poor quality uniforms so can we assume that some state issued their early regiments poor quality shoes? This raises the possibility that early in the war some Union regiments were almost barefoot.
Even the best shoes only lasted approximately 6 weeks during hard campaigning. Using shanks mare was very tough on footwear.
 
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