You're welcome, and thank you for bringing up a very interesting subject.
Originally Posted by msothan
I hadn't thought to ask earlier, but do you know whether the scouts received these gratis, or whether they were charged for their clothing?
I ask because during the last year of the civil war, volunteers had a monthly clothing allowance of $4 and would have been charged $8.75 for a uniform coat. When the war ended I know they were allowed to purchase arms at greatly reduced prices, but I haven't seen anything related to clothing.
While the government would probably have been happy to get rid of their overstock, it wouldn't be like the War Department to just give away something for free.
I should probably also mention that the government reported 297,089 cavalry jackets left in stock, for which it would have charged volunteers $6.25.
M. A. Schaffner
Midstream Regressive Complainer