I saw this symbol painted on a tent in the Fort Hays scene in "Dances With Wolves", and wondered if it was accurate for 1863? It is widely associated with the Indian Wars of the 1870's and beyond, usually depicted by Hollywood as stenciled on the canvas of a covered wagon. I've built a rife crate to use as transport and storage of our kit and after painting "U S" on it, I'm considering stenciling the sabers under it if it's period correct for the ACW. When did this emblem first appear? My second choice would be to stencil it as a rifle crate. Also in "Dances With Wolves", there are samples of "20 Sharps Carbines" and "Sharps Rifles 1859" crates shown in the scene where Lt. Dunbar is burying the extra munitions lest they fall into "enemy hands". Are those crates accurately portrayed? Paint and stencils are standing by. Thanks.