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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 01/04/2003 03:37:10 CST
Subject: RE: Signal equipment haversack

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Ken, In a c.1907-10(?) crate from Wash. Navy Yard to Great Lakes, canteen specialist (and SCA friend) Max Zurko found two torches, poles, flags, twine ball [wicking], fuel canteen, etc....and a russet leather haversack, much like the arty model. (My speculation was that this was a gathering-together of Myer system signal apparatus for Navy familiarization purposes and prob represented Span-Am period/pre-WW I period or earlier.) You're in to a useful area for research to add to our knowledge. CS material I have studied often shows up on "Special Requisition" form, i.e., non-issue or non-routine issue. Most of the scant resch on US has been centered on extant records of the Sig Corps/Svc itself, and we need to delve into the records of the QM (and prob Ord) depts for sig corps-originated corres concerning such matters. (I'd start search based on named corres with the capt in charge of supplies, etc.) Dave Brock had talked of unleashing his mother to search at Nat'l Archives, but I don't know if that has happened. Short of sig corps record, that prob is best hope for dating the practices. Hope you or one of our number can pursue this as a new year's quest.
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