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Haversack

Object Number: 
1940.9ab
Date: 
1855-1865
Medium: 
Leather, cotton, iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. ( 27.3 x 31.8 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten: inside flap: "F.E.Butler./25 Reg N.J.V." stenciled: inside flap: "F.E.BUTLER./Chaplain/25th Reg't. N.J.V.M." (stenciled in twice)
Description: 
Leather, cotton, iron, and brass haversack; stitched black leather bag with red leather trim on edges of flap, mouth, and implement pocket on front, and shoulder strap fastened together with iron buckle and looped through brass rings on back of bag; lined with white canvas on interior, and contains canvas breadbag with brass holes at top for tying straps; handwritten and stenciled marks on inside of flap.
Gallery Label: 
This haversack was used by F.E. Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey Volunteer Militia, probably during the Civil War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Julia Colt Butler
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group