Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tale of two wars told in the gear

The 19 New York state regiments that took the field in the First Battle of Bull Run 150 years ago Thursday were equipped by the state. It cost $42 in 1861 dollars, or $1,080 in today's money, to outfit each soldier for battle. Today, $18,087 is spent to arm and dress each member of the New York State Army National Guard for battle. • Article

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