Re: Question for Reinactors

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Posted by NightSky on September 14, 2000 at 17:36:38:

In Reply to: Re: Question for Reinactors posted by Seamus on September 14, 2000 at 12:59:40:

: : Seamus has it right...but I would question making leggins of linsey-woolsey. Leggins were worn for warmth and/or protection of the legs and hose (when wearing breeches). I haven't had too much contact with linsey-woolsey but believe it would not protect legs too much or add much warmth. I wear brain-tanned elk leggins and have had them for nigh on ten years, they are just beginning to get broken in!! I also have a wool pair which I sometimes wear in winter with breeches. In winter when I wear the breechclout, I wear two pair of hose and my elk leggins, and two pair of moccassins....toasty, warm and dry all day, even in lots of snow.

: : Leggins could also be made of canvas or ticking, these worn by military to protect legs and for warmth.....Again, you others out there, do you think that linsey-woolsey is good for leggins???

: : Pax Aye!

: : Many Flags

: My cousin has a point here...linsey woolsey for leggings IS questionable, in my opinion, too, primarily for durability in weeds and woods. One trip through a briar-infested field and they and your legs would be in shreds. Leather is best...mine are a heavy deerskin, stained dark and heavily greased, and I wear navy blue wool in the winter over extra stockings, as does Cousin Flags. Military leg covers are called gaiters, and button up along the sides either all the way to mid-thigh or to just above the calf, and are legging style above the buttons, with a flap along the outside which is wrapped across the front and tied above and below the knee and at the ankle. The Pennsylvania Regiment is known to have used a blue wool leg cover of this type, as well as the canvas gaiters.

: NightSky--What is this book you are reading?

: Seamus

Seamus, et al: The book is entitled The Frontier Rifleman, by Richard B. LaCross, Jr. - "His Arms, Clothing and Equipment During the Era of the American Rev, 1760-1800." We picked it up during our trip thru Cumberland Gap last month.

thanks for the info, it's greatly appreciated. NightSky

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