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Information on the tents issued to the 121st NY

Upon mustering in, a compliment of "common tents", also known as wedge or "A" tents, were issued. However, when the regiment had left Washington D.C. to join the Army of The Potomac, the tents were left behind. Tents were not issued to the men again until November of 1862. During this issue, the men were given a shelter half each.

Before the "new issue" of tents in 1862, the men were forced to find shelter in any way they could. More often than not, a wool blanket or a gum blanket was all they had for protection during that first Autumn of their service. However, there is some mention of a lean to being made from corn stalks or brush by some men for protection from the elements.

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