Eckert's books were extremely well researched. And in an age before computers: he visited and studied data from a lot of sources, and then turned it into easily readable information. Just page through the bibliography & notes at the rear of his books. In his book, That Dark and Bloody River...
I talked with our Membership Director last night and he assured me he'd be mailing out info this week.
Is there any specific trekking info you are looking for? Always happy to share what info I have.
Perhaps I can assist: I've been the Treasurer of the CoHT since 2007. I'd be happy to share what I can with you and let both the Membership and Communications Directors of your issues. Feel free to send me a personal message, or email my home address at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick & all-
I hail from Norfolk (northeast part of state). Built my first frontloader (a percussion pistol) in high school shop class in mid-70s along with a walnut case/box to store it in. (Oh, how times have changed.)
The brigades also had camp tenders: men who cooked, skinned critters and generally cared for the camp while others were out collecting furs and game. (They were not often held in the highest regard by the others.)
The older forks will be round where the handle attaches. Similar to a large two-tinned meat fork, but smaller with 3 or even 4 tines.
If they are flat/stamped they are Mexican War era or later.
Sorry I don't know how to post a picture. This site has them with fancy carved handles if you...