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During the course of the War millions of haversacks were made and issued, but most were made of cloth and deteriorated rapidly. Frequently the Confederate soldier’s small amount of rations would be carried in his pockets. Often, before starting out on a long march, he would be issued several days’ rations at once, which he would eat in one meal and trust to his legendary foraging ability to see him through the “lean” times.
Many of the haversacks carried by Confederate soldiers were either captured from the Yankees or made like the Yankee’s haversack and cannot now be differentiated from the standard Yankee haversack.
The haversack shown here is a near perfect example of a quintessentially Confederate made and used haversack. The haversack’s outer body and strap are made of water resistant, painted canvas. It has a single leather closure strap of which a portion of the tongue is missing but the buckle side is intact. The bag is roughly ten inches wide and twelve inches long, with a six inch depth at the bottom of the bag which opens like a bellows.
The haversack is in very good condition; there is a partial separation of the flap crease which is shown in the pictures, otherwise the bag is strong enough to use today. There are two period repaired patches; one in the flap and one in the body. Both were done using a lighter weight painted canvas. The body and strap are easily strong enough to be hung over a Confederate uniform on a mannequin. The plates, one tin, one pewter, and the knife were in the haversack when I purchased it; however I have no way of knowing if they were always in it, or if they were put in for display purposes.