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US Civil War Pots & Pans
From: http://histpres.mtsu.edu/tncivwar/themes/occupation.html we read: "Former slave women who had fled to Union lines worked as cooks and laundresses for the Union Army, making good use of the large iron pots they had carried with them when they escaped."
From: http://www.ganet.org/civilwar/georgia.html "As winter approached in 1862, their manufacturing turned to stove pipes, elbows, caps, dampers, ventilating tubes, etc...These were installed in all the hospitals and officer quarters in and around Dalton. They also supplied the hospitals with large boiling pots for soups, sheet iron baking pans, coffee pots and the like. In 1863, the hospitals in Dalton were filled to capacity. The Machine Guards were supplying the hospitals with such things as cook stoves, dippers, mess pots and pans, wash boilers, tin buckets, candlesticks, lanterns, tin plates, and other assorted goods."
From: http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/cwc/inter-aspects/geol(iron).htm "The casting of other items such as pots, pans, skillets, kettles, and stove parts were done using sand molds in the casting shed."
From: http://www.civilwarhome.com/civilwarcavalry.htm "The trials of many of the newly recruited organizations, until the beginning of the third year of the war, are illustrated in the following extract from a typical regimental history: ("History of the Tenth New York Cavalry") Captain Vanderbilt describes in graphic terms his first experience in escort duty (December 10, 1862):
'Please remember that my company had been mustered into the service only about six weeks before, and had received horses less than a month prior to this march; and in the issue we drew everything on the list--watering-bridles, lariat ropes, and pins--in fact, there was nothing on the printed list of supplies that we did not get. Many men had extra blankets, nice large quilts presented by some fond mother or maiden aunt (dear souls), sabers and belts, together with the straps that pass over the shoulders, carbines and slings, pockets full of cartridges, nose bags and extra little bags for carrying oats, haversacks, canteens, and spurs--some of them of the Mexican pattern as large as small windmills, and more in the way than the spurs of a young rooster, catching in the grass when they walked, carrying up briers, vines, and weeds, and catching their pants, and in the way generally--curry-combs, brushes, ponchos, button tents, overcoats, frying-pans, cups, coffee-pots, etc. Now the old companies had become used to these things and had got down to light-marching condition gradually, had learned how to wear the uniform, saber, carbine, etc.; but my company had hardly, time to get into proper shape when "the general" was sounded, "boots and saddles" blown.'
From: http://americanrevwar.homestead.com/files/civwar/food.html We see a large round tin used as these men prepared food for the troops. See this cast iron stove box and chimney from the same page (shown above right.)
To that end, I will look for a large old copper pot, an iron pot with legs and some small tin cups and plates. I expect to begin making dipped candles, using an improvised double-boiler system. That will be my "reenacting" activity, once I've gained more experience.
Happy family tree climbing!