“Gilbert Rulapaugh” Federal Issue Blanket
Federal issue blankets made by Family Heirloom Wavers and commissioned by Wambaugh, White & Co.
Known to every soldier east and west, the Federal issue blanket was a staple of active campaign bivouacs and garrison camps alike. The U.S. Army specified a “gray” 5 pound blanket measuring 7′ long by 5 ½’ wide although wartime exigency, manufacturing variation, and relaxed inspections resulted in a much wider variety being issued. Our reproduction is based on an original carried by private Gilbert Rulapaugh, a 20-year old resident of Mount Morris, NY who served in Company F, 136th New York Infantry until he was wounded at Gettysburg.
Wambaugh, White & Co. reproduction 100% wool blankets are woven on an antique shuttle loom by Family Heirloom Weavers and made from yarn sourced here in the Midwest. We are extremely proud that these are 100% American-made.
The blankets weigh approximately 5 pounds, and measure 7 1/2 feet X 6 feet (they are intentionally over-sized to allow for a modest amount of shrinkage.) They will arrive to you straight off the loom (as per the original) with instructions on how to sew the “US” in the center and prepare it for field use.
This product is a limited run, so make sure you order yours today!