Confederate Equipment Regs
The initial investment can range between $1,000.00 to $1,500.00, but we try to help new recruits along if necessary.
Before going out and buying your uniform and equipment you should speak to our authenticty officer and some of the other veterans first. This can save you money. Cheap isn't always a good thing when you end up unsatisfied and wanting to replace what you have already purchased for more authentic equipment.
Each member is required to obtain complete uniforms, Union and Confederate, before their first Max effort.
Material: Wool weft, cotton warp jean weave material predominated as the cloth for the production of jackets, trousers, caps, and vests. Other acceptable, but less commonly used materials were wool weft, wool warp jeans weave cloth, satinets, cassimeres, casinets, kerseys, and all cotton jean weave material. Grey, grey/brown, and brown were the most common colors. Limited use of kerseys, mostly in grey, cadet grey, blue grey, are also acceptable, but mostly for officers' uniforms and Eastern Theater jackets. Osnaburg and muslinin white were the most common linings. These same materials were used for shirts and drawers. Woven stripes and checks, some prints (such as table cloth and curtain material), and solid colors were used for shirts. Wool and cotton flannels were also used for some shirts and drawers.
Construction: Hand sewing was the most common. Machine sewing was occasionally seen in lighter garments such as shirts and drawers, as well as for parts of other garments (linings, etc). However since sewing machines had been purchased widely even in the South, some uniforms were entirely or largely machine sewn. ALL BUTTONHOLES WERE HAND STITCHED. Living History clothing should show hand sewn button holes and ideally hand stitched where visible and also follow the pattern of a period piece which were less baggy and bulky than modern pieces.
A. Columbus (Atlanta) Depot Pattern Shell Jacket. Arguably the most common issued Western Theater Depot pattern. Note these jackets should reflect the correct pattern with low cut collar, 6 piece bodies, 2 piece sleeves, and 5 to 7 button fronts.
B. Mobile Depot Pattern Shell Jacket (no Trim, outer slash pocket)
A. Department of Alabama Depot Jacket (outer slash pocket, blue jean collar)
B. Enlisted Man's Frock Coat (Georgia State Issue or from home item)
C. Commutation Style Jacket of a documented pattern
A. Civilian Sack or Frock Coat
B. Vicksburg Jacket
C. Richmond Depot Jacket Type II (in use with Longstreet's Corps and in some use in Deshler's, Wilson's, and Gist's Brigades)
D. Charelston Depot Jacket (in use with Wilson's and Gist's Brigades)
E. Military Sack Coats of an identified Confederate used pattern
Buttons - Wooden dished, Brass Block I, local produced, and Union coat buttons. State button use should be limited.
Trousers should reflect a period pattern with small or no waistbands, buckle backs, and narrow flys.
1. Military Issue
2. Civilian Pattern
Suspenders/Braces of civilian pattern, cotton webbing, canvas, or ticking with either button holes or tips with tin or brass buckels (no nickel plated metal)
Documented civilian or Confederate Military pattern in wool or cotton flannel, woven checks or stripes, prints (limited), osnaburg, muslin, or tapestry (limited).
Military or civilian style in cotton or wool flannel if worn.
1. A wide brimmed, generally dark colored wool felt civilian hat.
2. Cap, jean, satinet, cassimere, casinet material, infantry trim may be worn. No baseball creases on bill.
3. Hardee hat with little or no trim
4. A. Straw/plant fiber hats of a period style and weave (no modern "Amish" styles)
B. Quilted fabric hat
5. Civilian or mechanic's style wheel hat.
Hats should have the appropiate sweatband, lining, ribbon, and stitching. Trim and insignia should be limited. Confederate style forage caps are discouraged and Union forage caps are not allowed. Also hats should be worn in a period manner with rolled or turned up brims. Caps should not have a modern baseball creased bill
A. CS copy of the Jefferson Brogan
B. English Imported Shoes
C. CS cotton fabric shoes
D. Other CS pattern shoes
E. Civilian pattern shoes
A. US military brogans
B. Military boots
C. Civilian boots
Socks: wool or cotton shoes in white, a basic color, or natural color, hand knitted are best.
A. Civilian style, 100% wool, woven blankets in natural or earth tone colors.
C. Wool ingrain carpet
D. British import
2. Union issue blanket
3. Jean fabric blanket
Gum Blankets/Ground Cloth
Oil cloth, painted canvas, or caprtured federal issue gum blanket.
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