While doing some re-arranging in my computer area, I came across a CD of CW period patents that I forgot that I had. I picked it up because it had one specific patent that I was looking for, and didn't really explore the rest of the CD a whole lot... I got it off eBay about a year ago, it is called Civil War Technology Patents and is from SNS Communications.
But getting back to Zac's original question, I found three separate patents for "Knapsack Tents".
- W.B.Johns, patent 23582, dated 4/12/59 is a combined knapsack and tent - the tent resembles a shelter tent, but looks to be four separate panels - two on each side that button together and then button along the top.
- L.Joubert, patent 39150, dated 7/7/63 is for a combined knapsack, tent and litter - the tent in this case resembles a one piece shelter tent.
- J.Weber, patent 46195, dated 1/31/65 is also a combined knapsack, tent and cot - the tent is more like a modular garage that covers just the cot.
There are also a number of knapsack beds - both frame bed and bedroll types.
Interestingly, there are also a number of both tents and mosquito nets that appear very similar to modern pop-up tents.
Zac - I'll bring print outs of the three knapsack tents to the business meeting if you're going to be there.