Old tricks for new dogs
I've started on a project that is turning out to be greater than anticipated. I'm puting together a book of field improvisations made/done by soldiers of our era. A couple of examples include: poking a hole in the ground with a sharpened stick, then pouring molten musket or minnie balls in the hole to make a pencil. Or using the J-hooks from a knap-sack to fasten a gum blanket at the neck for a poncho. Those guys were pretty sharp when it came to improvisation. Any other cool tricks you guys know of that were done back then, and really not represented by reenactors?
18th Indiana Light Artillery (Sgt.)
49th Indiana Vol. Infantry (Pvt.)
U.S.A. Pay Dept. (Major)
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