American Civil War
As a new recruit you must own the following pieces of
uniforming and equipment at the end of your probationary year. As a
new member you should consult with a unit officer before buying any piece
of uniforming or equipment. If you make purchases without the
guidance of a unit officer you may be required to return or replace the
item with a more suitable version.
flannel or cotton drill. Full length, or cut off at the
knee. Two or three buttons in front, ties at back for waist adjustment,
ties at ankles.
|| 1858 pattern
- dark blue wool, polished cotton lining, with painted
visor & chin strap. Company letter "D" optional -
no other insignia.
|| U.S. issue
- dark blue wool flannel with four eagle buttons
in 5/8 inch diameter, inside breast pocket, lined or unlined. Hand
||Period military or civilian pattern, of documented
pattern with hand finishing and button holes.
||Cotton, linen, etc., of documented pattern - no
|| Sky blue wool kersey, with tin/cardboard buttons, tie string
waist adjustment in the back, two pockets, with proper reinforced cuffs,
hand sewn button holes and finishing details.
|| Knit Wool
; white, brown, or gray. Socks should have ribbing
only on the upper two inches of the top.
U.S. Pattern- with two copper rivets, & brass tip
|| Model 1861
- with tins and flat
box plate, buff, waxed, or grained leather sling with eagle plate
|| 1851 Jefferson
Pattern - ankle height, black "rough
|| U.S. Model 1850
|| 1858 pattern smooth
side ; with wool or jean cloth cover,
folded and sewn canvas sling, or un-dyed leather sling with buckle
|| U.S. pattern
black painted cloth, with button-in liner.
|| Cloth ; tie or draw string for food and personal items.
|| U.S. issue heavy tin plated iron, w/soldered
1851 with flat plate
with or without leather keeper.
| Rifled Musket
U.S. (Springfield) , 1855, 1861, 1863 or 1864; with leather sling
American Military Equipage, 1851-1872; Frederick P. Todd, Charles
Scribners Sons, New York, NY, 1974.
Army Blue: The uniform of Uncle Sam's Regulars, 1848-1873;
John P. Langellier, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Altglen, PA., 1998.
U. S. Army Headgear, 1812-1872; John P. Langellier & C. Paul
Loane, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Altglen, PA., 2002
Civil War Cartridge Boxes of the Union Infantryman; Paul D.
Johnson, Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 1998.
Echoes of Glory: Arms and Equipment of the Union; Time-Life
Books, Alexandria, VA, 1991.
An Introduction to Civil War Small Arms; Earl J. Coates &
Dean S. Thomas, Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, PA, 1990.
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