A Beautiful Glittering Lie
One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

What does 'haversack' mean?

Find out what haversack means. Haversack is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

haversack

A small canvas bag about a foot square. Soldiers used them to carry food and small personal items.

I used the term "haversack" in my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, as follows:

(Pages 60-61)
The train embarked on a long ride through pine-covered countryside. After two days of rugged riding, the North Alabamians reached Dalton on May 2. They were the last company from Alabama to arrive. Once out of the cars, their respective sergeants began calling roll, and the men responded to their names, after which they were assigned tent partners. Each soldier was given half a small, white tent, and taught how to combine the two in order to provide shelter. After they had built their temporary homes, they stood in line again to receive rations, and were served breakfast on tin plates that they were instructed to keep, as well as tin cups. They indulged in cornbread, steak, fried potatoes, eggs, and coffee, all provided by the local townsfolk. Upon finishing their meal, they lined up to receive additional provisions, including haversacks, gum cloths, canteens, blankets, and roll straps. Smooth-bored muskets were distributed to those without their own guns, to which the men grunted, knowing the weapons were relics. Some of the soldiers who had brought along extra money purchased additional accoutrements from the commissary, but soon found out that the items were significantly overpriced, so most did without.

(Page 221)
The men made their way through unfamiliar terrain, weighed down with haversacks, bedrolls, cartridges, weaponry, and whatever cooking utensils they deemed essential. Many were without shoes. They were also lacking in equipment and numbers, thus making their Maryland campaign miserable.

(Pages 270-271)
That evening, Bud lingered beside Blue Hugh and Chaplain Chaddick, staring into the campfire. He withdrew the letter Hiram had given him, considered reading it, but decided it was too personal, so he stuffed it back into his pocket. Rummaging through his haversack, he found Hiram’s first letter, and without reading that one either, tossed it into the fire. The men conversed little but to give each other comfort. Hiram had died for a good and noble cause, of that, they were certain. Unable to sleep, Bud mournfully blamed himself for his friend’s demise. He knew he should have prevented Hiram’s death, but how, he wasn’t sure. Perhaps he should have led the way to the creek. Then he would have taken the bullet instead. It was the ultimate betrayal, and Bud was ashamed of himself for allowing it to happen. Hiram’s death would never leave him. The memory would haunt him forever.

(Pages 271-272)
The men awoke to find it was raining, as it usually did after a battle. They discovered that Burnside’s Federals had crossed the river overnight, demoralized into retreating to Washington. A wave of cheers rushed over the Rebel ranks. While the rain dissipated to drizzle, Bud, who was still in a daze, followed some of his comrades out onto the battlefield, which was covered with dead Yankee soldiers. It was obvious from what they saw that the Union army had suffered almost complete annihilation. Some of the Federals died trying to use their comrades’ bodies as shields. What it must have been like to lie in wait while bullets thudded into the bodies of their friends, Bud could only speculate. Besides corpses dressed in blue, some wore Zouave uniforms, while others adorned their trappings with Kelly green. Blue Hugh figured they were with the Irish Brigade, of which he had heard about. The barefoot Confederates immediately set to work, relieving the rigid bodies of their footwear and clothing, as well as their haversacks’ contents. Bud replaced his worn-out brogans that had developed holes in their soles long ago.

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...to receive rations, and were served breakfast on tin plates that they were instructed to keep, as well as tin cups. They indulged in cornbread, steak, fried potatoes, eggs, and coffee, all provided by the local townsfolk. Upon finishing their meal, they lined up to receive additional provisions, including haversacks, gum cloths, canteens, blankets, and roll straps. Smooth-bored muskets were distributed to those without their own guns, to which the men grunted, knowing the weapons were relics. Some of the soldiers who had brought along extra money purchased additional accoutrements from the commissary, but they soon found out that ..."

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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
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"... The men made their way through unfamiliar terrain, weighed down with haversacks, bedrolls, cartridges, weaponry, and whatever cooking utensils they deemed essential. Many were barefooted. They were also lacking in equipment and numbers, thus making their Maryland campaign miserable. The ..."

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Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
"...That evening, Bud lingered beside Blue Hugh and Chaplain Chaddick, staring into the campfire. He withdrew the letter Hiram had given him, considered reading it, but decided it was too personal, so he stuffed it back into his pocket. Rummaging through his haversack, he found Hiram’s first letter, and without reading that one either, tossed it into the fire. The men conversed little but to give each other comfort. Hiram had died for a good and noble cause—of that, they were certain. Unable to sleep, Bud mournfully blamed himself for his friend’s ..."
"...with Kelly green. Blue Hugh said they were with the Irish Brigade, because he had heard that they wore green boxwood sprigs in their caps to display their heritage. The barefoot Confederates immediately set to work, relieving the rigid bodies of their footwear and clothing, as well as their haversacks’ contents. Bud replaced his worn-out brogans, which had developed holes in their soles long ago. ..."

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