Poncho, Vulcanized Rubber (Import)
The Civil War 'raincoat' and ground cover. While foot soldiers were issued the gum
blanket (FIELD-32), mounted troops received the poncho, which was the same blanket and material except that the poncho had a neck opening and a waterproof collar affixed. Stamped with our 'Union India Rubber Co.' stamp in red indelible ink. Poncho measures approximately 4' x 6'.
Toward the end of the Civil War ponchos were adopted and became prized
equipment of Union soldiers. Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Shermanâ€™s 62,000 men were carrying
ponchos when they left still-smoking Atlanta in September 1864 to begin their devastating
1,000-mile march through Georgia and the Carolinas. â€œThe troops
traveled lightly... . Each man carried a blanket wrapped in a rubber
poncho slung over his shoulder, a haversack, a tin cup hung at the
waist, a musket and a cartridge box with forty rounds of ammunition.â€ A soldier packed
little in the way of rations, for Shermanâ€™s army lived off the country
as it destroyed much of the Southâ€™s capabilities to continue the war.
Shermanâ€™s troops endured spells of freezing weather. Particularly when
it is cold and raining, a soldier on the march wearing a poncho is
better off than if wearing a raincoat. Greater air circulation under a
poncho keeps clothes drier, and having drier clothing results in the
wearer becoming less chilled when he stops or sleeps. Shermanâ€™s
toughened infantrymen were not burdened with tents.
Our poncho is complete and ready to use with the reinforced neck hole. A great economy piece that will last for years!
1866 Quartermaster Photo - Army Quartermaster Museum, Fort Lee, Virginia.