Rock Island Arsenal Pre WWI M1904 Haversack
This haversack was the standard issue haversack for soldiers of the United States military prior to the introduction of the M1910 Haversack. The haversack allowed the soldier to carry his rations, mess gear, and small personal items. Although the M1904 haversack was outdated by World War I, many National Guard units arrived in France still using this haversack. This haversack was manufactured by the Rock Island Arsenal in 1904. This haversack still has the leather lace inside to close an inner pocket. The M1904 haversack attached to the cartridge belt using two bent wire hooks. Haversacks prior to 1904 were carried using a leather strap. These too were issued to some soldiers during World War I.