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    the hole thats in a poncho, is it round or ovel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
    the hole thats in a poncho, is it round or ovel?
    Neither. A period poncho has a straight slit, with rubberized cloth that overlaps it so when flat it does not leak.

    Just a FYI: A oil cloth, ground cloth, a gum blanket and a poncho are not the same animal. Confused yet?

    1. Oil Cloth, uses period reciepes to paint the light canvas. Has 4 holes along one edge, and two on the other, all handsewn. Can be used as a ground cloth, wrapped around you as a rain coat, or tied above you as light shelter. Federal ones, used small grommets and sometimes had 4 holes on each side. Makes it easy to tie around yourself. Handsewn version used by the Confederates. Some with grommets issued early on to the Federals.

    2. Ground Cloth. Painted light canvas, with no holes. Sometimes painted in patterns. Normally about 3 by 6. Just right for one fellow to toss down and sleep on. Keeps the moisture off you. Home made, used by the Confederates.

    3. Rubberized Gum Blanket, much like the Oil Cloth, except the rubberized part. Great ground cloth, or roll yourself like a hot dog in a bun for added warmth. Issued to the Federals.

    4. Rubberized Poncho. Like above but with the slit in the middle for your head. Highly prized by both sides. Issued to the Federals.
    Last edited by S.D.Swart; 10-15-2012 at 12:27 AM.

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    hey sd
    dose that slit run long ways or short ways? and how long is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
    hey sd
    dose that slit run long ways or short ways? and how long is it?
    Runs in the same direction as the shorter side.

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