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Date Posted: 15:24:54 12/07/06 Thu
Author: Wretch
Subject: Re: two days rations
In reply to: Tom 's message, "Re: two days rations" on 08:59:35 12/05/06 Tue

>Hopefully, men who have made long marches or hikes
>before, will know that the caloric outgo for such is
>high and will not underestimate the food they will
>need for two days. I believe the modern Army advises
>that a man will burn 300+ calories per hour durning a
>road march over a moderate route at a moderate pace.
>A skirmish company will burn more if required to
>engage the enemy. A pioneer company aiding the wagons
>will burn more. So, simple math will show that a lot
>of calories will be burned in a day. The building of
>fortifications at the end of the day will add to the
>required calories. All of that said, it would be nice
>if Mr. Duffer and Mr. Aufmuth would address this, or
>at least have their company commanders to address this
>and other things. Hopefully, in the near future, this
>will happen.

What does the research show the Confederate and Union Army was issued or issuing during this time and location? I know it is lazy to not do it myself but I do figure some others have done this.
As for my self and being a commander I was under the idea that we would be issued commissary rations for two days before we left the assembly area.
I need, as Tom has stated guidance from higher on this issue.
If I do understand right now that we are not to be issued rations from the commissary at the start then I shall do my own research and have my soldiers ready to march once they hit the ground and I get a good headcount from the 1SG.

Need guidance on this or I shall make my own command mind up.


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