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 Posted: Fri Jun 20th, 2014 06:05 am
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Hellcat
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A colonel, huh suzy? Ok, this might interest you. Turning back to Bob Zeller's The Civil War Collection, and more specifically page 6 of the Charles Stokes and Co. Almanac of 1863, a Colonel's pay, subsistence, forage, etc. looks like

ENGINEERS, TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS, AND ORDINANCE DEPARTMENT
  • Per Month: $110
  • Number of Rations: 6
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $54
  • Number of Horses: 3
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $24
  • Number of Servants: 2
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $47
  • Total Monthly Pay: $285

MOUNTED DRAGOONS, CAVALRY, RIFLEMEN, AND LIGHT ARTILLERY
  • Per Month: $110
  • Number of Rations: 6
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $54
  • Number of Horses: 3
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $24
  • Number of Servants: 2
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $47
  • Total Monthly Pay: $235

ARTILLERY AN INFANTRY
  • Per Month: $95
  • Number of Rations: 6
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $54
  • Number of Horses: 3
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $24
  • Number of Servants: 2
  • Monthly Commutation Value: $45
  • Total Monthly Pay: $218

No, I didn't make a mistake, I copied straight from the reproduced almanac. And I did question how come a colonel in the engineers and a colonel in the cavalry can be so identical in everything but total monthly pay. I added up the per month pay, commutation value for rations, commutation value for horses, and commutation value for servants and it comes out to $235. Either there was a mistake made when the almanac was reproduced or the mistake was made in 1863, but somewhere there's an unexplained $50.

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