Sibley Supplies the Wrong Side

sibley tents true west
Illustration of Sibley Tents

Henry Hopkins Sibley gained fame as a Confederate cavalry officer during the Civil War. But one of his inventions was widely used by the other side.

He developed and patented the Sibley tent in the mid-1850s.  The conical structure was based on the Plains Indian teepee—it was about 12 feet high and 18 feet in diameter and could hold up to 12 men.

The Union produced about 44,000 Sibley tents during the war, but because the inventor went to the other side, Sibley never collected royalties on his invention.

Related Posts

  • boise idaho true west magazine

    Dave Updyke was a livery stable owner in Boise City, ID (photo). He was respected…

  • A gunfight outside Blackwell, Oklahoma just proved that lawmen didn’t always get the right man.…

  • mtrimble_250

    What were the standard supplies on a chuckwagon? Hugh Howard True West Maniac #9 Lawrenceville,…