My son is giving me grief because, although I was diligent with the style of script and conservative with color, I block-lettered my regiment name and an appropriate Latin phrase on my strap, between my shoulder and the canteen body. The lettering is vertical, making it readable when slung.
My son says he's never seen an original (or a reenactor's for that matter) strap marked with anything. I do not wish to use as sole justification "Show me that it wasn't done". However, just as I often mark personal items today either with initials or slogans to personalize them, I can see myself or a period soldier writing something of personal significance on a canteen strap.
Any farb experts on this subject?
49th Virginia Infantry