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American Civil War

Haversack

By the 1850’s, there were many economic and political differences between the Northern and Southern states in America. Over time, these differences led to anger between the North and South. Tensions continued to build, until finally, on April 12, 1861, Southern forces attacked Fort Sumter, a federal fort in South Carolina. The American Civil War had begun.

For the next four years, America would be at war with itself-a nation where brother fought against brother in a desperate attempt to determine the fate of a country. The US Army during the Civil War was the largest army America had ever raised. Of the 2,772,408 men who served in the US Army, the vast majority were infantrymen.

The Union and Confederate infantryman carried a varied uniform and kit. One of the standard pieces carried by all soldiers was the all-important haversack. Made of white cotton or black enameled white cotton, the haversack was used to carry a soldier’s surplus of food and drink or his personal belongings.

This functional messenger style bag is constructed of 100% pre-washed cotton “duck” canvas and features a spacious compartment with front flap and double button closures. Comfortable cotton canvas shoulder strap measures 42“ long. Bag comes with a full color tri-fold historical booklet developed in partnership with Osprey Publishing.

Approximate bag dimensions: 10 1/2“ wide x 11 1/2” tall.

Price: $15.95

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