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MODEL 1904 HAVERSACK – 12TH CAVALRY REGIMENTAL BAND MARKED - EXCELLENT CONDITION:  Introduced with other improvements to the horse and soldier’s equipments immediately following the turn of the 20Th Century, this standard Model 1904 Haversack is stenciled on the outer cover “12” and “BAND” above and below a set of crossed sabres, indicating it was issued within the Regimental Band of the 12TH Regiment of U.S. Cavalry.  

The 12TH Cavalry Regiment was formed at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas on February 8, 1901.  During the first two years of the regiment’s history various companies were posted to Forts Clark, Bliss and McIntosh, all in Texas, charged with protecting stage and mail routes, and maintaining law and order in the vast area of southwest Texas.  

In 1903 the regiment was deployed to the Philippine Islands, arriving in August of that year.  Returning to the United States in 1905, the regiment was posted to Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia where it spent the next four years before returning to the Philippines in 1909 where they were stationed at Ft. William McKinley.   

In February of 1911 the regiment returned to the United States and elements of the regiment received remote assignments to Ft. Robinson, Nebraska, Forts Huachuca and Apache in Arizona, Ft. Meade in South Dakota, Gallup, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, and Ft. D.A. Russell, Wyoming.   

In 1914, part of the regiment was assigned to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, with individual troops stationed at San Bonito, Harlingen, Mercedes, and Donna where they conducted patrols to halt incursions by border bandits.  

In February of 1916, the regiment’s 1ST Squadron was sent to the Panama Canal Zone as part of the security force protecting the new canal.  In April of that same year, the 2ND and 3RD Squadrons were sent to New Mexico in response to Poncho Villa’s raid on Columbus, and subsequently joined Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico.  After the expedition was concluded, the 12TH remained in Texas, assigned to patrol the border during World War One and on through 1921.    

As the designation implies, this pattern of haversack was introduced in 1904, and based on the stenciled legend on the front flap, this haversack was issued within the 12TH Cavalry Regiment.  The use of this haversack during this historic period of our nation’s maturity into a world power certainly makes the unit identification an added value.    

This Model 1904 Haversack is in excellent condition, showing only minor evidence of having been used.  The stenciled marking on the front cover is distinct and legible, all of the seams are intact, all the pockets on the interior of the bag are intact, both brass suspension hooks are present on the reverse and the closing billet and buckle is present and intact.  The interior surface of the cover flap is faintly, but legibly stenciled “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL 190?”, the last digit of the date is indiscernible.  The interior buttons are present, and the bacon bag (also in excellent condition) is in place.  This buttoned arrangement allowed the bacon bag to be removed for cleaning.  The brown leather sheaths which held the soldier’s knife and fork left stained outlines in the respective interior pockets in which they were carried, and these brown outlines are visible on the gusset on both sides of the haversack. 

This is an excellent example of a piece of equipment necessary to every soldier and one identified to a very historic early 20TH Century cavalry regiment.  (0419) $250





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