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MODEL 1904 HAVERSACK – 3RD NEW YORK, COMPANY F MARKED:  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 “3 NY F 88” for F Company of the 3RD New York Regiment.   

I am unable to find any record or a 3RD New York Artillery or Cavalry Regiment after 1900, during the period that this haversack would have been issued, however the 3RD New York Infantry appears quite prominently during the first decade of the 1900’s.  Due to the activity and service record of the regiment, as well as its redesignation during the mobilization for World War One, the period of use of this particular haversack can be narrowed down to a very specific period.    

In the years following the Spanish American War, the 3rd New York was dissolved and the companies resumed peacetime National Guard duties in support of the state and local authorities. The regiment was reformed on March 30, 1907, and in April of 1913 the 3rd served in Buffalo to quell rioting that resulted from a streetcar workers’ strike.   In 1916, the 3RD traveled south to be stationed in Pharr, Texas, close to the Mexican border in support of the U. S. Army's Punitive Expedition into Mexico.  While it is unknown if the organization of the regiment was the same during this Border Period, it is worth noting that during the Spanish American War, Company F of the 3RD New York Infantry Regiment was recruited from the Medina, New York area. 

The next year, in the Spring of 1917, when the New York regiments were mobilized upon the entry of the United States into World War One, the 3RD New York was stationed at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina for training.  On October 1, 1917, the 3Rd was redesignated the 108Th Infantry Regiment as part of the 27TH Infantry Division of the New York National Guard.   

As this pattern of haversack was not introduced until 1904, based on the stenciled legend on the front flap, this haversack was issued sometime between the reactivation of the 3RD New York in 1907, and its redesignation as the 108Th Infantry in 1917, and was quite likely used when the regiment was participating with Pershing’s forces along the Mexican Border.  The association with this historic period of our nation’s maturity into a world power certainly makes the unit identification of this haversack an added value.  

This Model 1904 Haversack is in very good 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 buttons are present that were used to attach the bacon bag and allowed it to be removed for cleaning.  There is one very small wear hole on the right side of the gusset – less than 1/8” in diameter – and some light soiling, evidence of the use of this haversack, as confirmed by the unit marking.

This is a very nice identified example of a piece of equipment necessary to every soldier and one identified to a very historic New York regiment.  (0235)  $100



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