William F. Saylor was the band leader of the 1st Brigade, Thrid Division, Twentieth Corps Band. On November 14th his corps began its movement back to Atlanta, from Kingston. In a letter to his father dated December 18th, 1864 he tells of his experience marching through Georgia. On the second page he describes what he and his bandmates carried. Enjoy.
"We had on our backs and in our haversacks each one tent, 1 wool blanket, 1 rubber blanket, an extra pair of shors (spelled as the journal states), 1 pair of drawers, 1 shirt, and other little trinkets and five days rations of hard bread and sow belly each and ten days rations of coffee, sugar and a little pepper and salt, a knife,fork, spoon, 1 tin plate and 1 tin cup and our horns (remember he is in the band). The soldiers each had a gun weighing 11 pounds and 60 rounds of cartridges."
Note: the letter can be found at the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Also, he goes into great detail on how they pulled the Chattahootchie Bridge down. I'll be posting that on my blog site.