The daily average issue of supplies for a soldier on campaign
On the march, supply situations differed regularly and adequate supplies were often hard to be provided, depending on the supply train/wagons and their ability to keep up with the army. More then often soldiers found themselves without bread or water due to supplies [...]
When not on campaign soldiers were unlikely to have food in there snapsacks as fresh foods generally perished within the day. The Ration quantity was also lower for garrisoned troops as the supply of fresh food was generally more available with animals stored on the hoof and the availability of fresh foods i.e butter, eggs [...]
Article by; Matthew Alexander
Hopped beer was not only widely available during the period of the Civil Wars but had ousted unhopped ale in popularity. The invasion of beer and its eventual victory over English ale had its beginnings as early as the 13th century. In 1289 for instance, a Norwich ale-seller was charged with [...]
What is a snapsack and what is it for?
A soldier’s snapsack was used to contain their daily rations with any personal belongings and extra clothing.
Snapsacks were military issue and they seem to have been provided even when other items, such as clothing, were unavailable. Surviving illustrations show that these snapsacks were of a [...]
In this bag a soldier may of carried everything he needed on the march, including:1, Spare Clothing – A well equipped common solider kept a spare shirt and a pair Hose & Socks in his snap sack, if he ever wet or wore through his main clothing. The shirt would have been a [...]
Article written by Will Spackman and re edited by Terry Richardson, Researched by John Bailey and Andy Webb
Footwear in the 17th century was as now very varied, but I will concentrate on the footwear of the common people. The shoes were made of oak bark tanned leather and thus had a natural dark fawn [...]