Life is constantly change. Some of it good, some of it not. This year was full of change. People who had been in the Brigade are no longer involved with the hobby. The brigade went from between 9 and 12 riders on a regular basis down to between 4 and 6. The faces of people I’d grown a custom to seeing in camp are no longer there. I know they’ll continue to see me grow as a rider, and reenactor threw my Facebook posts, and when they read these blogs but it’s some how diminished.
I have a world war one appropriate saddle now, and I have decided the next logical progression would be to put together a ww1 uniform and equipment. I would like to do what ever investigation I can about the saddle I own and build my impression around that to pay all due homage to “Lawrence” I know he was a soldier in the 117th Cavalry Company B that’s the unit number stamped into the saddle. I know Lawrence was a mans name and not the arsenal that the saddle was made because I’ve had several historians who specialize in the cavalry research tell me that it wasn’t a normal location for any stampings to be placed, nor was it common for there to be an arsenal stamp, and to their knowledge there was no arsenal in Lawrence that made saddles. I’ve had very little success in tracking down Lawrence. My suspicion is that he was an officer and that the saddle was personal purchase. There are parts of it that a normal 1904 McClellan tends to lack… For example where one can see that it used to have Wooly Sherpa lining on the bottom. Also the stamping of his name leads me to believe tat he had the means to buy his own saddle kit. I’m hoping what I can only guess to be inspector or maker marks on the saddle will be some means to tell me when exactly it was made or at least the general time period. Then I can search threw the 117 Co. B records and maybe find some one with the name Lawrence. I will keep you updated with this search in my upcoming blog series ‘the search for Lawrence’ I’ll be making this series so that people can follow along with my attempts to research some one. My methods maybe right or wrong but I will share with you the results of trying them and you maybe able to use them for what you are researching.
I have decided that it is stupid of me to have a wordpress and not to use it with some regularity. So look forward to weekly blogs from me.
That’s all for this week.