Additionally increased were the deductions for the masse de linge et chaussure, the regimental investment to purchase a soldier’s uniform and for their footwear. NCOs contributed 16 deniers each day to the masse, corporals and enlisted males half as much.

Additionally increased were the deductions for the masse de linge et chaussure, the regimental investment to purchase a soldier’s uniform and for their footwear. NCOs contributed 16 deniers each day to the masse, corporals and enlisted males half as much.

That designed extra stoppages of 2 livres for a sergeant and 1 livre for every hussar, fusilier, grenadier, or chasseur, making a fusilier or chasseur with 7 livres 18 sols 6 deniers per thirty days, a grenadier or hussar with 10 livres 3 sols 6 deniers each month, or 122 livres, 2 sols each year. A soldier stationed in France received around 60 livres in cash wages per year, one fourth the wages of a domestic servant and half the annual monetary value of a slave’s labor to his owner which was set by the Parlement of Paris throughout the 1760s and 1770s at 120 livres, again not counting expenses for food and clothing since wages had been doubled for the American Campaign. To put this figure into viewpoint it may possibly be well well worth mentioning that Axel von Fersen estimated him 20 livres a month to keep his dog that it cost!

That which was a lot more crucial had been that these people were compensated frequently every two weeks without fail in specie, more with Spanish bucks because the war progressed, but throughout the autumn and cold temperatures of 1780/1, they received their wages in French coin. Continue reading “Additionally increased were the deductions for the masse de linge et chaussure, the regimental investment to purchase a soldier’s uniform and for their footwear. NCOs contributed 16 deniers each day to the masse, corporals and enlisted males half as much.”