img 4339 med-2

The Canteen is probably the most important accouterment that the soldier carried.  Water was just as essential for life then as it is in today’s world.  Each soldier carried one canteen.  Each canteen was able to hold roughly 1 liter of water.  The Union troops was more standardized on the canteens they issued their troops.  In the above photo on far left is a Union “smoothside” canteen. The smoothside style canteen was issued to Union troops and saw service from 1861 until 1865.  The Confederate troops did not have a standardized style of canteen they were issued.  Some styles of Confederate canteens include the “tin drum” and “wooden” canteen to  name a few.  The Confederate canteens varied depending on availability of material, the state from which they came from, and the army they served in.  Many Confederates used captured Union canteens.  

Interested in history? Do you like to have fun? Interested in Maryland’s role during the American Civil War? Are you interested in learning more about history using fun interactive methods? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, we might be the right group for you! The first step is up to you by emailing us! Click here to start!