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HAVERSACK, or HAVRESACK (through the ...

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 82 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HAVERSACK, or HAVRESACK (through the French from Ger. Haber-sack, an oat-sack, a nose-bag, Hafer or Haver, oats), the bag in which horsemen carried the oats for their horses. In Scotland and the north of England haver, meaning oats, is still used, as haver-meal or haver-bread. Haversack is now used for the strong bag made of linen or canvas, in which soldiers, sportsmen or travellers, carry their personal belongings, or more usually the provisions for the day. right of petition. Haverhill was incorporated as a town in 1645 and became a city in 1869. Bradford, a town (largely residential) lying on the opposite bank of the river, became
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The same problem here as with all other similar sites, no dates/period supplied! There is a huge gap between a horses nose bag, and a soldiers ration bag! What was in between? Did civilians use this haversack / and if so WHEN ? All sites for haversack jump from a no date nose bag, to a revolution or American civil war soldier bag. Not good enough, so much history and information missing. I would like to see more, I NEED more information.
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