The knapsack

As usual, the surviving examples of the soldier’s humble knapsack are mainly Union ones. But Confederate knapsacks were similar in design and appearance and, late in the war, were Union as well—confiscated from the battlefield.

Interestingly, the soldier’s knapsack had not changed much from the Revolutionary war. It was still designed to be slung over both shoulders with an adjoining chest strap to help it ride high up on the back.

And, as with all the other historical accouterments of the Civil War soldier, the reenacting hobby has stimulated  a selection of reproductions to purchase.

Advertisements

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
This entry was posted in "Knoxville 1863", Civil War accoutrements, Reenactors and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s