Sketches by Dr. M. F. Quesnoy dated January 1855, drawn in the French camp and publishsed by L'Illustration, Journal Universel (no 624) 12 Fevrier 1855. He publishsed his memoirs in 1858.
That, under the conditions where we are,our soldiersare perfect heroes,perfectlygay,would be too greatan exaggeration, butI can assure you, however, they have allthegaietyandenthusiasmthatthey caninthecircumstances.The good words [bon mots],the jokesare notentirelyprohibited, andin theFrench soldieris likethe thermometerof hismoralstate.But we mustadmit,it is farfromour camptolooksorryat this moment: inmovement,it offersanimationin the good day [beaux jours]. Our tentsarehalfhidden in thesnow, and thesmall sheltersof our soldiersseem morethan pointson the surfaceof the ground,andsmoke floats away agaisntthebluishgrayof the sky.This is becausewood is scarceon our poorplateau [of the]Chersonese, and that topick up a fewsmall bundles of twigs ourmen usealmosta whole day.
Apart from theneedformovement and work, each [soldier] remains in his tent;side by sideour troopswarm thenselves. The homeland, and countrymen,are the subject ofevery conversation,andthese memories,they always finda consolation, a hope, a pleasure.It is the very sweetmemories of home in these sad days, and we gladly letgoall the sadnesswhen we [are] so inspired[and with]goodfoodand wineor brandy [eau-de-vie].
Our soldiers havealsoreceivedofwinterclothingthatcompletelytransforms ourarmy.Coatsandleggingsunder thesheepskinwrappingthatthey look likeSamojedesor Eskimosparesagainst acold40 degrees. Clogsand slipperswhenthey willarrive,complete thismountain-man outfit.Thehooded-greatcoats [caban a capuchan aka Crimeenes. ALD]weregreeted with enthusiasm. They are warm,very ample, they are not only awarmclothing, but they hidetheragged pantsof those whospend eightmonths of the campaign in them, and even if the the winter wasnot come, decencywould havemade adutyto cover with clothing.Andsheltered under [three layers of] garment[s],oursoldiers did notsuffertoo muchfrom the rigors ofaseason.
Cavalry Officers as drawn and described by Dr. Quesnoy.
1. Officer of Hussars "wearing a long pelisse, a large Turkish sash, regimentally-coloured trousers, yellow ankle boots trimmed with fur."
2. "Wearing a Bulgarian fur cap, a hooded greatcoat trimmed with fox fur, held together around the middle by faun coloured leather belt; and around the neck an enormous red sash."
3. "A Marechal de Logis. Bulgarian cap in grey fur; a sheepksin jerkin worn over a long regulation greatcoat, sheepskin leggings with the fleece innermost; clogs."