Instructions: You are a Civil War soldier getting ready for your first major campaign. You may be “on the road” for several months-sometimes marching over twenty miles/day, perhaps fighting several major battles with the enemy. The army has issued you a U.S. Model 1861 “Springfield” Rifle-Musket, bayonet, belt, bayonet scabbard, cap box, cartridge box, haversack and canteen. These weigh 13 ½ pounds. In addition, you will be expected to carry five pounds of ammunition. From the list of personal items, decide what else you will take with you on your marches. Answers will vary.
List of Personal Items
How much are you going to carry? If you would like, use a scale, backpack, and weights (books?) and load your total weight into a backpack and walk around the room to see what is would feel like to be a common soldier on the march. (Imagine marching 20 miles with that weight on your shoulders).
Thanks to Antietam National Battlefield for the loan of this activity.
Last updated: June 7, 2022