Re: M1862 Bullseye Canteen
"Just how common was the Bullseye west of the Appalacians? I'm curious if anyone has any documentation of issue to western troops of the Bullseye canteen. My question is just how common was the item?"
As with most items of clothing and gear, if it is what the unit, time, and place one is portraying had, it would be very common. ;-)
The 1862 bullseye was produced at Schuylkill Arsenal after July 1862, while other arsenals (Cincinnati and St.Louis, and contractors for New York) and contractors continued to produce the 1858 "smoothside."
However, it was often the case with federal arsenals and depots, and Quartermaster Department, that troops were not necessarily equipped from the closest or "state affilation" supply centers. Meaning, the arsenals and depots not only, usually produced (exception: New York) and/or contracted out locally- they also shipped items between themselves.
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