Scarce U.S. enlisted pattern Civil War haversack. Intended to hold the soldier’s rations, the standard issue pattern was made of canvas painted black to resist water, with a cotton bag on the interior that could be unbuttoned and cleaned. This example clearly saw heavy use in the field, with various holes and sewn repairs throughout. The closure buckle is missing, however the leather closure strap is still present but split in half. The right side of the bag is torn at the seam, and the removable interior bag and attachment buttons are missing. The canvas shoulder strap is in one piece and has been shortened 4” by folding and sewing in the field. The bag measures roughly 11” by 13.” A very scarce piece of federal enlisted equipment of which few have survived in any condition.
Inventory Number: CAM 480 / SOLD