Typical Kit

Rifleman’s Kit

Voltigeur Carried in a wood-framed haversack. The lot weighs about 70 to 80 lbs. (The image is a French skirmisher, but the gear is similar.)

  • Knapsack
  • Straps
  • 2 shirts
  • 2 pairs of stockings
  • 1 pair of shoes
  • 1 pair of soles
  • 1 pair of heels
  • Extra pair of trousers
  • 3 brushes
  • Box of blacking
  • Razor
  • Soap box
  • Mess tin
  • Center tin
  • Haversack
  • Canteen
  • Greatcoat
  • Blanket
  • Powder flask
  • Ball bag (30 loose musket balls)
  • Wooden mallet to help with loading
  • Belt
  • Pouch (50 prepared rounds)
  • Sword belt with bayonet
  • Rifle
  • Personal effects

Every other man carries a billhook (a thick, recurve machete weighing six lbs) for cutting branches to make barricades and cover. The men take turns carrying them.

Officer’s Kit

Traditionally carried on a pony or mule led by a chosen soldier-servant; in the Peninsula, however, Sir John Moore has ordered all soldier-servants back into the ranks as plain soldiers, requiring officers to store their possessions with the regimental baggage or keep them on their own horses. Officers who are not mounted and who cannot locate the regimental baggage train must make do as best they can.

  • Two compact leather valises
  • Fur-lined cloak
  • Regimental jacket
  • Red officer’s waist sash
  • 2 pairs of trousers
  • Waistcoats: white, coloured and flannel
  • Extra flannel drawers
  • 6 pairs worsted stockings
  • 6 pairs cotton stockings
  • 6 shirts
  • 2 or 3 cravates
  • 3 pairs of boots
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • Night cap
  • Dressing case with brush, cologne, mirror, clippers, etc.
  • Writing kit
  • Pocket kerchiefs
  • Black sword belt
  • Light infantry sabre and scabbard
  • Two pistols in a case or in leather holsters
  • Powder flask
  • Bag of 30 loose pistol balls

1803 infantry sabre

Typical Kit

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