Confederate brogans with sewed soles?!?!?
Some while back, there was a discussion regarding pegged soles vs sewed soles on bragans in general. The following is a very interesting article I found in the 0fficial Records. It is a piece of correspondence from Colonel Wm. Preston Johnson to President Jefferson Davis.
"April 15, 1863
(to) His Excellency Jefferson Davis, President:
Sir: In obedience to your order, dated March 12, 1863, . . . . I proceeded to Montgomery, Ala., to Atlanta, Ga., and to Tullahoma, Tenn., the headquarters of the army and returned by the same route. I have the honor to submit the following report:
Major Cunningham clothing quartermaster at Atlanta, informs me that he is employing about 40 shoemakers and makes 150 pairs of shoes a day, and that with 60 additional shoemakers he could make 500 pair daily. I examined his establishment. The leather is rolled by machinery and the sides split likewise, which effects a great saving. The soles are cut out by a machine, all done by sewing-machines. The shoes present a neat appearance and can be sold for $4.50 per pair." . . . . " These are the results of my observations in the Army of Tennessee."
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Wm Preston Johnson, Colonel and Aide-de-Camp"
O.R.-SERIES I -VOL. XXII
Giving that the average work week in the 19th Century was 6 days, that adds up to 900 pair of stiched sole shoes produced by 40 shoemakers. Thats a lot of shoes. So, why can I only find pegged soles shoes that dont last?
"At exactly 1 o'clock by my watch, the two signal guns of the Washington Artillery were heard. In another minute every gun was at work." Porter Alexander, July 3rd 1863