Re: Big soldiers & depot clothing
Jim W.-- I sympathize with you sir. I am on the bigger/taller end of the spectrum myself. And that is something that guys like us are often thinking about when standing next to fellow reenactors that are 5'-9" and 140 pounds. But there were in pretty much every regiment at least taller than average soldiers. And probably in rare cases heavier guys.
I was just reading some letters from a soldier in the 26th Wisconsin and he was telling his wife that her brother,(also in the regiment) was constantly eating and not to fear about him as he was gaining rather than losing weight since they left home. Now this was while they were in winter quarters and not on campaign mind you but the reference is there. And just last night I was looking over the pension records of two uncles in the 11th and 13th Iowa Infantries and I was surprised to see they were listed as 6-1" and 6'-4" tall on their service records.
Honoring: Pvt. Albert R. Cumpston (Company B, 12th Illinois Vol. Infantry- wounded February 15, 1862)
Pvt. William H. Cumpston (Company B, 12th Illinois Vol. Infantry-Killed February 15, 1862 Ft. Donelson)
Pvt. Simon Sams (Co. C, 18th Iowa Infantry-Killed January 8, 1863 Springfield, MO)
"...in the hottest of the fight, some of the rebs yelled out...them must be Iowa boys". Charles O. Musser 29th Iowa Infantry