Thanks to the internet and all the historical photos out there, we can learn about some of the more unusual ways folks dressed for war or merely to impress someone!
Captain Richardson And His Jaguar Pants
Captain Samuel J. Richardson fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. We’d like to go into more detail about what exactly Richardson got up to during the war, but his pants have rather eclipsed the rest of his exploits. All we know for sure is that he led a volunteer company of soldiers called the W.P. Lane Rangers.
Captain Richardson rode into battle wearing a pair of jaguar-hide pants, with a set of matching holsters, presumably made from either the same jaguar’s cubs or another, smaller jaguar. Though it’s commonly accepted that the pants are indeed genuine jaguar hide, it’s not known how Richardson came to own them. The best guess of historians is that they were hunted and killed somewhere near Texas. Whether Richardson hunted them personally or they just leaped onto his legs out of fear isn’t clear, but we’re going with the latter.
I wonder if the fur pants were any more comfortable than the wool uniforms? All I can say is better him than me! Heck, I didn't even know we had jaguars in Texas!
Coffee out on the patio today.Should be a nice day!