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Posted By: Ken Dombroski on: 01/03/2003 00:32:15 CST
Subject: Signal equipment haversack

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In searching through the OR Series 1, vol. 25 (Part1), pp. 235-237, I found a report by Lt. Denicke dated May 7, 1863 on his actions during Chancellorsville in which he stated:

"Remarks: Lost haversack for signal equipments, containing shades, shears, wicking and funnel, while on the field of battle, by the breaking of the strap. It is my humble opinion that the black haversacks now in use are made of too weak material. I think leather would be a good substitute."

Since Lt. Denicke had just been detailed from the Camp of Instruction at Georgetown where he would have been issued his equipment, it seems safe to say that by spring 1863 the Signal Corps was issuing the black haversacks instead of the earlier white canvas ones seen in some photos dating to 1861. I wonder when the SigC decided to take Lt. Denicke's advice and switch to leather?

Regards,

Ken
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