View Full Version : WTB- Used Federal Doublebag
01-03-2012, 09:47 AM
Looking for a used, but not abused federal doublebag from a quality maker, for the Shiloh boatride coming up. Would prefer an "early war" model ie: square cut sholder straps, etc. But would be open to a later issue doublebag.
01-03-2012, 09:57 AM
Just wanted to provide you with some food-for-thought on early/late packs: http://www.libertyrifles.org/research/knapsacks.html Good luck on the search and I'll see you on the boat!
01-03-2012, 10:13 AM
Paul, thanks for the great information! I appreciate your time and effort in putting it together. It appears the line is not so "clear cut". See you in the spring! Hopefully with a good pack.
01-04-2012, 07:40 PM
I too was toying with the idea of getting a new knapsack for the trip. Thanks for saving me $300 Paul!
01-04-2012, 10:25 PM
No problem man. Just note that there are numerous characteristics we associate with "early" packs, and these were just a few. I encourage others to dive into some more positively-dated photos to see if additional "late" characteristics can be seen early-on, or go further to try to find some other documentation.
01-04-2012, 11:42 PM
Paul's study provides some excellent food for thought, which challenges our assumptions concerning "early" war, "late" war. However, it should be noted that there is a knapsack id'd to a soldier in the 2nd Iowa with a rock solid provenance of pre-June 1862 that conforms to the "early" war model of packs (exposed rivets, welted seams, etc.) pics and a description can be found here http://www.jarnaginco.com/knap.html . This is not an endorsement of the reproduction product based on this example (i've not seen one up close) and it should be noted that I cannot say off-hand that the 2nd and 15th Iowa (unit being portrayed for the event) drew from the same stores...but, that is an example of an "early" war pack being used by an Iowa soldier in the west during the Spring of 1862. It should be noted that the 2nd Iowa served in the Second Division and the 15th served in the Sixth Division at Shiloh.
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