Original Issue U.S. Civil War Blanket
Original Issue U.S. Civil War Blanket – This rare blanket is constructed of brown, or gray//brown, rough textured wool. It exhibits the regulation, U.S. Issue dark brown stripes woven (not printed) at each end, as well as the original chain-stitched “US” in the center of the blanket. These issue blankets had no edge binding as they were originally cut from large rolls or bolts of wool. Printed in 1861, The Revised Regulations for the Army of the United States, (United States War Department, Washington DC. Government Printing Office p. 488). stated that – “Army blankets are to be of domestic manufacture wool, grey, (with letters U. S. in brown or black yarn, four inches long, in the center of the blanket) to be seven feet long and five feet 6 inches wide to weigh five pounds each.” This blanket conforms to these specifications (although somewhat shorter in length – apparently from one of many manufactured as the war started, by a manufacturer who did not adhere to the precise specifics of the regulations) and remains in overall, very good condition, exhibiting only a few minor stress pulls and holes and a crudely sewn field repair at one end. The blanket measures: Length – 66.5”; width – 64”.