I take the liberty of pulling this out of Herr John's most excellent research discussion on the AC Forum for the ease of seeing it here...
"Q. What is your opinion as to the comparative merits of sewed and pegged shoes for army use?
A. For spring and winter use I prefer the pegged shoe. I bought some 46,000 pairs of them, apparently very good, at $1.25 to $1.30 a pair, intending them for General Banks division of the army; but some of them got to Washington, instead of going to General Bank's column, which they were bought for, and I got rapped over the knuckles for buying, for the quartermaster general did not approve of it.
Q. From your own experience in the army, and as quartermaster, taking into consideration the difference in the cost of pegged shoes and sewed shoes, and taking into consideration also the different seasons, which, in your judgment, is the best for the army?
A. The pegged shoes. I had rather have them at the same price. The British army in Canada use nothing else. the French army to-day use nothing else. I could have saved the government hundreds of thousands of dollars if they allowed me to purchase pegged shoes."
In gleichem Schritt und Tritt, Curt Schmidt
Not a real Civil War reenactor, I only portray one on boards and fora.
I do not portray a Civil War soldier, I merely interpret one.