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    Sturdy Single Bag Knapsack with Interesting Design and Intriguing History. This glazed cotton knapsack retains all its straps and buckles with the blanket straps made to also go over the flap and fasten at the bottom to better preserve the contents. The flap itself is an ample 17" wide and has been constructed of two pieces of cloth sewn horizontally in the center. Inside is crudely inked the name "F. HORRACE" in large letters and underneath "F Horres." At another place inside the flap is penciled a name that appears to be "R V Kerley" although the last two letters are indistinct. Internet research indicates the only Union soldier with a name resembling the first was Private Frederick Horace who served in Co. I, 89th Regt. U.S. Colored Troops, an organization that was in service only from April to July 1864. A Richard Kerley served in the 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry (US) which served from July 1864 to August 1865. Clearly this knapsack is worthy of additional research, particularly with its possible United States Colored Troop connection.

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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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