Greatcoat Straps on Knapsacks
That quote actually came from the thread called "Napsack [sic] Question," but it made me wonder about something I heard some years back, from a fellow whose research I respect.
Originally Posted by OVI
I think this fellow told me that when greatcoats were sent back after the cold season, that they were bound by the leather straps that one sees on the tops of double-bag knapsacks. For that reason, the straps are "incorrect" for the warmer months. The soldiers didn't have them.
That is the only time I ever heard that, and as yet I have not found any other information relating to that bit of information.
Can someone shed some additional light?
"I am not a general, nor the son of a general, but having been right on the ground for four years, feel that I am entitled to an opinion." (William E. Bevens, First Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.)