Co. A was given their knapsacks by the New Haven Grays as a gift since many Grays were in Co A's ranks and the then Captain of the company, Henry Merwin, had a long association with the Grays. All of Co A's knapsacks had been burned the night of their capture at Chancellorsville.
The research found that Mr. Dardelle knapsack survived because after the battle of Fredericksburg Mr. Dardelle got ill and spent the rest of his time in a hospital. First as a patient then as a hospital steward. So, not being present at the battle of Chancellorsville saved his knapsack for posterity.
In New Haven, Connecticut, there is a Chinese named Antonio Dardelle. He was naturalized as an U.S. citizen in the Superior Court of New Haven on October 22, 1880. He did not go through the process of Declaration of Intention to become a citizen three years prior, and instead, directly applied for Naturalization. We found out he held the "honorably discharged" Certificate of the 27th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment, enlisted in October 22, 1862 and mustered out in July 25 (should be 27), 1863. According to the U.S. law, that could substitute "the first document." The law we are referring, is the Bill passed by the U.S. Congress on July 17, 1862, that "Any foreigner over age 21, and if he has been, or will be, honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, and if he permanently lives in the United States, he could apply to become U.S. citizen immediately, without the procedure of declaring intention to become U.S. citizen three years prior. He must demonstrate to the Court that he was honorably discharged and lived and observed all moral turpitude."