SETTING UP CAMPWe recently received this excerpt from a previously unpublished diary. The diary belonged to Henry Campbell, a young bugler of the 18th Ind. light Artillery under the command of Eli Lilly. This "short" is from June 23, 1863. The first day of the Tullahoma Campaign.
June 23, Have just finished clearing up and completing one of the most cheerful and comfortable camps we ever established. Our horses and quarters are always in the shade, the sun can't penetrate through the thick foliage that hang over our camp. Boys have fixed up their dog tent homes in the highest style of art that a soldier can invent with the very few materials he has to work upon. We made "bunks" that out done the sailors hammock. They were formed by driving forks into the ground the size of your bunk then running two poles through coffee sacks and resting the ends in the forks. J. Binford and I, who tented together made a double bed of this description by running a pole up through the middle. It worked very well except when one got out of bed before the other did it had the disagreeable habit of letting you down on the ground, or if you rolled about any in the night it stirred the other side of the house up like a wagon on a corduroy road.
This was sent to us by Mr. Richard Young who is currently working on a book which will center upon Eli Lilly.
FEDERAL CIVIL WAR SHELTER ½ TYPE IIor
"TENTE D ABRI"
Our shelter measures 65 inches long by 63 inches wide. It is made of 100% cotton drill. All the buttons are natural color bone, 5/8 of an inch in diameter. All button holes and grommets are hand sewn. The tent itself is machine sewn as per the originals. Yes, even the Schuylkill arsenal accepted shelter halves that were machine sewn. The rope for stake loops and tie off is made of 100% hemp.
Each shelter half weighs 2 1/2lbs. It takes two shelter halves to make the tent in the top left photo. Our shelter half is made as close to the original as we can possibly make them. We think you will like it as much as we do. If you don't already have it you may want to get a copy of Frederick C. Gaide's new book "The Federal Civil War Shelter Tent". It is without a doubt the most comprehensive work ever done on the subject.
# 971 $69.95 PER HALF BUY NOW!
SET UP KIT FOR FEDERAL SHELTER ½ TYPE II
# 972 $44.95 BUY NOW!
From the book, "On the Field and by the Campfire". The letters, diary and documents of Pvt. Jeff Wetzel, Musician, Co. I, 107 Regt. Ill. Vol. Inf. Page 64.
Saturday, July 2, 1864 (Somewhere near Kenesaw Ga.); We pitched our "dog tents" to shield us as much as possible from the hot sun.
SHELTER HALVES 1864 MODEL
It takes two shelters buttoned together to make a dog tent. One half can be used alone as a lean to. Both ends will accept triangle end pieces if you want to close your dog tent in completely.
1864 SHELTER HALF #T013 $29.50 PER HALF BUY NOW!
OCTAGON TENT POLES
I'm sure that you have noticed that in many of the original photos of Civil War era officer's tents that the upright poles are 8 sided. That fact was not lost on us but until a recent expansion of our wood shop we just did not have the room to manufacture these poles. We do now.
We are very happy to offer all of our upright poles in the octagon design. They are quite a bit more difficult to produce, time consuming as well but we thought the least we could do is to offer you a choice.
Each of these poles has to pass through a table saw 5 times. Then each of the 8 sides must be sanded, last but not least each pole is coated with a light oil and allowed to dry for a day. This is done twice to make sure each has absorbed as much oil as possible to help prevent warping. This process does not eliminate warping altogether but it does help.
ITEM # 2529 $19.95
6 FT. OCTAGON TENT POLE
ITEM # 2529-A $17.95
4 FT. OCTAGON TENT POLE
ITEM # 2529-B $9.95
#T026 $29.95 BUY NOW!
TENT STAKES, 12 INCHES LONG.
# T028 $2.95 BUY NOW!
SHELTER HALF ENDS
SHELTER HALVE END FOR 1864 MODEL
TIPDON'T DRIVE STAKES THROUGH GROMMETS ON DOG TENT. MAKE A LOOP WITH A SMALL PIECE OF ROPE, THEN DRIVE THE STAKE THROUGH THAT. SURE YOU LAUGH NOW BUT I'VE SEEN IT DONE!
The dining fly in the photo on the right measures 12 ft. By 12 ft square. That's the norm when you're talking tent flys. It has nine 3/8 grommets, one on each corner. One half way in between each corner and one in the center of the fly. Everywhere there's a grommet the fly is re-enforced by 4 layers of canvas.
This is a free standing set up using our 8 pole and ridge. Go to the bottom of this page to read why I prefer a free standing fly set up.
If you wish to attach your fly's ridge pole to your tents it will require a grommet in the peak of your tent. We are glad to do this for you but a small fee is required.
12 FT. BY 15 FT. FIRE RETARDANT #T056 $199.95 BUY NOW!
It keeps your tent drier too, so when you leave an event after a rain storm you may not have to set the entire tent up in your backyard to dry out, just the fly. A fly is much cheaper than a tent. Another great thing about this technique is that it doesn't require any poles! Just stretch it across your tent, attach your ropes to the fly and then move them out to an angle that holds the fly up off of the tent by a few inches and drive your stakes. It will also do away with the shadow puppet shows that occur when you are dressing (or undressing) in your tent at night with the lantern lit.
SET UP KITS FOR DINING FLYS
8 POLE WITH RIDGE
9 POLE WITHOUT RIDGE
5 POLE SET UP
This is the lightest and easiest set up kits out of all the set up kits for flies, However, it is not well suited for windy conditions.
TIP FOR WINDY CONDITIONS
GROUND CLOTHS "TENT FLOORS"ALL OF OUR GROUND CLOTHS ARE MADE OF TREATED CANVAS FOR LONG LIFE.
CHOOSE THE SIZE GROUND CLOTH YOU WOULD LIKE FROM THE CHOICES BELOW.
10 FT. BY 12 FT. FITS OUR WALL TENT #T059 $99.95 BUY NOW!
8 FT. BY 9 FT. FOR A FRAMES #T060 $89.95 BUY NOW!
8 FT. BY 6 FT. FOR A FRAMES   #T061 $79.95 BUY NOW!
6 FT. BY 6 FT. FOR A FRAMES   #T062 $69.95 BUY NOW!
Why Free Standing?
Having a fly set up that is not attached to your tent gives you many more options of how you can use your fly. A free standing set up only requires one more 2x2 upright than a set up which attaches the fly ridge pole to the tent.
With a free standing set up you can place your fly anywhere, with the tent or without and you don't have to worry about high winds blowing your fly down and breaking
your tents ridge pole.
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TENT SET-UPS & ACCESSORIESon page THIRTY-THREE
Click here to refer back to the catalog INDEX page.
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