What are havelocks?

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  1. plural of havelock
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Women gathered together to make items that the soldiers would need such as havelocks, hand-knit socks and mittens, towels, sheets, pillowcases.
Many Civil War soldiers used their havelocks not as cap covers, but as coffee. strainers, dishcloths, or gun patches.
One soldier from Pennsylvania reported his whole regiment received havelocks made by ladies in their home county.
There is also written evidence of the regiment requesting and receiving a large shipment of havelocks, an item eventually deemed useless by soldiers in the field.

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