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"It is funny sometimes to see the contents, especially after a campaign. A soldier has perhaps a shirt, a pair of socks, and a prayer book or testament. Some have more, and some less, more generally the latter, but in winter-quarters, where there is a chance to have plenty of clothing, the knapsack of a tidy soldier is worth looking at. The overcoat is folded in a nice roll and strapped on top; the blankets, shirts, drawers and socks, with a soldier's album, which almost every soldier carries with the pictures of dear and loving friends at home. All have their proper places in the knapsack...."

Daniel G. Crotty (3rd Michigan Infantry Regiment), Four Years Campaigning in the Army of the Potomac (Dygert Bros. & Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1874).

"Every soldier must have constantly one cap or hat, one greatcoat, one blanket, one coat, one pair of pants, two flannel shirts, two pairs drawers, two pairs of stockings, and one pair of shoes, all in good order, those articles he is not wearing to be snugly packed in his knapsack. No greater amount of clothing will be allowed. When a new supply is necessary the articles are to be drawn on proper requisitions from the quartermaster and issued to the soldier by the company commander. Each soldier should supply himself with a tin cup, plate, knife and fork, spoon, and towel."

"The clothing taken in the knapsack consisted of the overcoat, blanket, shelter-tent, shirt, one pair drawers and socks. The average weight carried by each man in addition to his equipments was nearly as follows:
Hard bread, 8 pounds; pork, 2 pounds; coffee, one-half pound; sugar and salt, 1 pounds; overcoat, 5 pounds; blanket, 5 pounds; shelter-tent, 1 pounds; shirt, drawers, and socks, 2 pounds; making a total of 25 3/4 pounds."