Re: Why those long wide Bowie knives?
Also a side discussion on the mortality of bayonet wounds on teh battlefield not making it back to the hospitals to "be counted."
While there is documentation for personal rather than photographer studio massive bowie knives such as camp photographs, accounts, and even battlefield pick-ups, IMHO they are a rare minority in the CW soldiers' experience (unless one had one).
However, as I am sure many a CW lad found out, the need for a meat cleaver to butcher an ox or a hand ax to build a log cabin was not worth the bulk and weight compared to "belt" sized "bowie" camp or hunting type knives better suited for fieldcraft and mess chores.
Meaning, IMHO, if more lads would not carry a massive bowie just for "jewelry," and actually had to use one for camp or mess chores, "we" would see more "folders" (pocket knives) and at best five or six inch bladed belt knives.
Others' mileage will vary...
(Remembering an N-SSA pard, Davey, who carried and used his Confederatre great-grandfather's Sheffield type bowie for his ramrod rest in competitions.)
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