A Beautiful Glittering Lie
One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

What does 'accoutrements' mean?

Find out what accoutrements means. Accoutrements is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

accoutrements

(Pronounced Ah-CU-tra-ments) The term refers to military supplies provided to soldiers other than their uniforms and weapons.

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "accoutrements" is used as follows:

(Pages 60-61)
The train embarked on a long ride through pine-covered countryside. After two days of rugged riding, the North Alabamians reached Dalton on May 2. They were the last company from Alabama to arrive. Once out of the cars, their respective sergeants began calling roll, and the men responded to their names, after which they were assigned tent partners. Each soldier was given half a small, white tent, and taught how to combine the two in order to provide shelter. After they had built their temporary homes, they stood in line again to receive rations, and were served breakfast on tin plates that they were instructed to keep, as well as tin cups. They indulged in cornbread, steak, fried potatoes, eggs, and coffee, all provided by the local townsfolk. Upon finishing their meal, they lined up to receive additional provisions, including haversacks, gum cloths, canteens, blankets, and roll straps. Smooth-bored muskets were distributed to those without their own guns, to which the men grunted, knowing the weapons were relics. Some of the soldiers who had brought along extra money purchased additional accoutrements from the commissary, but soon found out that the items were significantly overpriced, so most did without.

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"...meal, they lined up to receive additional provisions, including haversacks, gum cloths, canteens, blankets, and roll straps. Smooth-bored muskets were distributed to those without their own guns, to which the men grunted, knowing the weapons were relics. Some of the soldiers who had brought along extra money purchased additional accoutrements from the commissary, but they soon found out that the items were significantly overpriced, so most did without. ..."

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