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Rare Short's Patent Knapsack ID'd 4th Massachusetts Officer




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Rare Short's Patent Knapsack ID'd 4th Massachusetts Officer.  'Capt. W.R. Black, company F, 4th Mass.' is beautifully stenciled on side panel.


William Rufus Black a 31 year old carpenter from Taunton, MA enlisted as a private on 4/22/1861 into co. G. Promoted to Lt. 8/27/1862. A few months later on 12/15/1862 he was promoted to Capt. in Co. F. Black was mustered out on 8/28/1863 at Camp Hooker, Lakeville, MA.


The 4th Mass. was a nine month unit that saw action in Louisiana, participating in the siege of Port Hudson.


After the war Black was a member of GAR Post #3 in Taunton, MA where he died 8/29/1915.


Black's knapsack survives with the paper maker label partly intact on the interior. There is a stencil in the bottom right corner of flap and interior, neither of which I can make out. Tarred canvas exterior is dry and brittle with loose seams and weak areas. Several of the leather straps are missing. Still it is a rare survivor and has a really well executed ID.






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