I specifically mentioned that some things like eating tools were obvious enough to leave out .A Spoon would be handy ...one can eat almost anything with a spoon.
Some sort of pocket knife...
A book , be it a Bible , a copy of Shakespeare , etc ...Lots of boring downtime , even when in a combat zone.
Perhaps a deck of cards or dice for the "sporting fellas"....
While my last two may seem a bit out of place for "survival tools"...
Mental relief from the boredom that can make up much of military life and to escape the horrors of war , is important.
And while the "Civil War" was a bit before my time in the army...I feel that some things will hold true , no matter when one served.
I understand that electronic communication is fraught with hazards and much meaning can be lost.Umm what ?
Armies typically plundered anything that wasn't nailed down, and quite a bit that was. When you needed firewood or food, or other supplies, you foraged, especially when far and away from supply lines. It had the added benefit for Union troops that they were typically destroying Southern infrastructure, farms and plantations. Then of course Sherman and his men raised destructive foraging to an art form...Anyway, how about a tin with some char-cloth and a flint? All the stories note that when an army moved on, typically all the fences had been burned for firewood.
Thanks I don't really have anymore offhand, a Civil War kit was pretty basic, but there is a link or two in the article that discusses things CW troops were known to carry. One could make a comprehensive list and then have to redo it again and again for different times, places, and units.Great writing Steve! If you have more I'd like to read that as well
Steam powered solar panels. The Union forces were able to use more efficient coal burners, while the Confederates increasingly had to scavenge whatever they could get to burn. They also usually had cheap iPad knockoffs made in English sweatshops.My kids would ask how they charged their iPads on the march.