A pair of gaiters from the Battle of Shiloh. The period writing states "Taken off a dead Louisiana Zouave. April 6 1862, Battle of Shiloh". Gaiters were worn over the top of the boot/shoe and over the bottom of the trouser leg. They were to aid in keeping away bugs and mud from getting into a low cut boot or show and to aid in keeping the feet dry. They largely proved cumbersome and unpopular. This pair, as stated, was taken off of a dead Confederate soldier at Shiloh by a Federal soldier.