Hi all, Well Im into DO cooking and found two old grills in the barn and I wanted to cut at least one down to use as a pot spider on my DO table..Well this guy tells me that they are US Calvary issued during the civil war/indian wars..He said each regiment got two..Dont know if this is true and so Id like to know before cutting up some history. They will still be of good use to me, in their current size, but would like to cut the legs down an inch too... Soooo my question is were grills ever issued to the Calvary for cooking..Thanks, Debra
Hmmm, no thoughts on this..I did find a picture of woman cooking at a war camp on a very similar one, so Ill not cut it until I find out, but if I remember correctly it was a recent picture at a reenactment.. May just find something else to use, until I know, but if any of you know where to point me on where to find Calvary issued lists, Id like to know. Thanks, Debra
Post by AndyGerman on Jul 29, 2011 21:56:45 GMT -5
As a federal cavalry researcher and reenactor, I will reply to say No, grills were not issued to Civil War cavalry regiments. In the early months efforts were made to supply company messes with cooking pots (a nesting set of three), but no provisions were made for grilling meat. I'm not as familiar with Indian Wars cavalry but I have seen no evidence that grills were issued there either. That form of cooking was not promoted in an army where salted pork was the principal protein issue. Sorry, but I can't confirm the speculation you've received.
Hope this helps a little, Andy German 1st Maine Cavalry
Thank you for your reply. Im not going to cut them anyway now as Ive decided to use them just as campfire grills and find something else. But nice to know if I cut them up, Im not cuttting up history. Debra