"two hundred"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Apr 4 12:42:41 UTC 2013

There's more than a little context missing, but if Wilson is
referring to the size of a company in the Army, 200 was the nominal
number for the colonial militias.  Although in my reading I generally
see lower numbers actually mustered.


At 4/4/2013 01:10 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

>Hmm. Oddly reminiscent of the iconic
>"two hundred head of EM"
>under the command of a mere corporal that was I-once-saw by any number of
>barracks-mates, back in the day of the old black-boot Army. Kinda makes you
>wonder whether the number was ever actually "two hundred," even back in the
>day of the United States Colored Troops.
>All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
>come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>-Mark Twain
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