Civil War Knapsack. It is the early war Militia-Style Box Knapsack. They were made with a wood frame and covered with a tarred canvas material. It measures 15” x 13 ¾” x 4 ¼” and when opened, has two flaps with fabric ties. On the outside back in old white paint is the number “22”, on the side in the same paint is “211”, and on top is a modern museum marking which appears to be “L-19” (Lotz #19). On the back is a wire which was used to hang this item for display and an early paper string tag with “U.S. Militia issue backpack / Civil War Period”. There are also remnants of the leather straps along with the copper rivets. This unique piece is published in my new book "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items" (see pictures).
This rare piece was on display for many years at the
The knapsack remains in very nice condition, with no chipping or flaking. Crumbled newspapers from the 1970s are inside to give it body. These types of knapsacks were used during the early part of the war by both sides, and there are examples in Time/Life Echoes of Glory – Arms and Equipment of the Union and the Confederacy. A great opportunity to add a rare piece to your Civil War collection.