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Posted By: on: 10/20/2000 02:08:37 EDT
Subject: RE: Sewing names on uniforms

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CWFiddler,
As far as i know this was done at great length at the battle of Cold Harbor, which was late in the war. The union troops saw what was ahead in attacking the fortified confederates and pinned pieces of paper to mostly the back of their coats with their name, state etc on it.. I personally havent heard much else about troops doing that other than at that battle. Of course this doesnt mean that they didnt do it.. I am definitely no Shelby Foote... Hope this helps

SR

I believe in the Burns PBS documentary it is mentioned that soldiers would sew paper or cloth with their names on their uniforms prior to a battle so that if they were killed, their kinfolk could be notified. My question: Is there any documentation concerning what they used to write their names on and where on the uniform did they sew it (ie, outside back, inside back, inside front)?

Thanks,

CWFiddler

P.S. This is an effort to kill two birds with one stone: One to look authentic going into battle, two to keep my name visible on my stuff so when I lend it, I can be sure of getting the right stuff back.



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