Soldiers did keep themselves clean. There are records that show soap to be a popular commodity from the sutler.

Even if you only comb your hair and clean your teeth for Sunday church parade, having the tools is a smart idea.

Soldiers were organized to bathe when there was an oppurtunity. They were required to be shaved twice a

week by the company barber (Wednesday and Sunday). In fact, a soldier could make himself an easy shilling by learning the art of the straight razor.

Licorice and Birch roots make effective natural tooth brushes, or a soldier could shell out for a real newfangled bone-handled one and charcoal powder.

For the especially foppish, things like mirrors, hair ribbons and pomade can be part of the kit, so that a soldier is always ready for his darling Sally in the alley!



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