Still an academic argument.
Further, I think a system designed to support an army of 8-10,000 in garrison or low intensity warfare would fail once that army swelled to 100,000 and began operations against a European style enemy in a foreign country.
The clerk could say how much equipment was issued or how many soldiers were assigned but when the troops moved out that changed.
The fact remains, many deserted, a few turned coat.
I looked at the two execution orders i obtained relating to the San Patricios by the way and saw no soldiers listed as assigned to the 1st Dragoons. There was a detatchment of the regiment at Buena Vista but Company B was with Kearny.
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