1299 a
Kit, Mess
U.S. Army - Khaki canvas bag with shoulder or neck strap. Size - 12 3/8 " W x 11 3/4 " L x 3 " D. Inside is a pocket along the back panel & a slender long pocket on either side; closure is a flap that fold over the front & has a belt & buckle at bottom; stamped in black ink on front is "54 Co.K. 2nd. REGT N.G.S.M. U.S."; handwritten on front bottom right is "James A. McDonald"; a Volunteer Infantry pin was pinned at bottom just off center to left (#1299b); inside of flap stamped in black ink is "ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL"; 43 " L x 2 " W leather strap hooks onto 2 metal rings on back, adjustable with belt like features on each end. Condition - leather strap is worn in center, bag is dirty, front flap has other illegible handwriting on it, cannot remove pin from canvas.
Waseca County Military - Spanish American War. Belonged to James A. McDonald, Company K. Accessioned in 1969. Found inside were 3 bullets & 2 buttons (#1299d-h).