Saturday, December 21, 2013

flak jackets

Many soldiers carried a "housewife," or sewing kit, containing needles, thread, thimbles and other items for mending clothing. Repairs made by soldiers in camp could include sewing on buttons and insignia, mending tears, and even replacing the lining of jackets. This kit is in the museum's collection. via:

Six questions with a Civil War material culture scholar

Modular Tactical Vest components
The Soldiers' Bullet Proof Vest, "Harper's Weekly," March 15, 1862, p. 176