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1874 CAVALRY EQUIPMENT MANUAL - ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT MEMORANDA NO. 18 REPRINT:  A quality reprint of “CAVALRY EQUIPMENT 1874, ORDNANCE MEMORANDA No. 18” originally printed in Washington by the Government Printing Office in 1874, this is an exact reproduction of the service manual issued by the U.S. Army during the Indian War Period.   

This manual was the product of a Board of Officers that was convened to examine and recommend the proper equipment to outfit the cavalry soldier.  The proceedings of this board and the results of their recommendations is detailed in this manual, including numerous pieces of equipment that were examined and not adopted for a variety of reasons.   

The manual consists of 119 pages of text detailing the selection and description of the various pieces of equipment to include:  the saddle, saddle bags, saber belt, holster, Dyer cartridge pouch, bit, and bridle.  In addition, there are eleven additional pages of illustrated plates that show each item of the soldier’s issue.    

An excellent source of information regarding the issue and wear of this equipment for collector and reenactor alike, this is an important addition to the library of any serious student of the Indian Wars.  $20


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