Post by AndyGerman on Dec 18, 2008 19:14:16 GMT -5
The boots issued to enlisted cavalrymen were only about 12 inches high. Many men liked the knee protection or the glamour of high boots and purchased them privately. Probably most did not, but a few pairs in a unit are appropriate.
Missouri Boot and Shoe produces very accurate examples of both tall and low boots based on actual examples.
Incidentally, regular regiments and more formal volunteer units required that troopers wear their pants over their boots, and pants were to be worn over the boots, and even strapped down with instep straps, during inspection and dress parade.