GEAR & ACCOUTERMENTS

NOTE: THE ONLY APPROVED VENDORS FOR GEAR AND ACCOUTERMENTS ARE LISTED ON OUR “RECOMMENDED SUTLER LIST”. REGIMENTAL QUARTERMASTER AND S&S SUTLER  ARE PREFERRED SUTLERS. THE GEAR NEEDS TO MEET THE CRITERIA AS STATED BELOW. ANY OTHER SUTLERS NEED TO BE PRE-APPROVED BY COMPANY D PRIOR TO PURCHASINGREGIMENTAL QUARTERMASTER IS A “ONE STOP” SHOP FOR ALL YOU NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF “COMPANY D” 2ND MARYLAND (ask for Chris the store manager and tell him you are joining “Company D”). Please talk to a unit member prior to ordering gear, weapons, or uniforms.  We want to help make sure what you intend to purchase is correct.

Canteen

The most important piece of gear you buy will be your canteen.  This is the only source of water to you while on the field.  Wearing wool uniforms, especially in the summer heat, is imparritive that you stay hydrated.  You will NOT be allowed to participate out in the field if you do not have a canteen.  Confederates wore a wide variety of canteens.  For our group, most period canteens are acceptable.  Canteens such as a Confederate wooden drum canteen, Union “smoothside”, or Confederate tin canteen are all acceptable. 

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Above represented is a (Left to right) Union “smoothside” canteen,  Confederate tin canteen, and a two Gardiner pattern wooden canteens (the wood canteen on left is a average sutler row canteen and the wood canteen on right is a high quality wood canteen).  


Belt and Cap Box

You will need a black leather waist belt and black leather cap box.  Almost all sutlers carry this as stock items. The belt will carry your cap box and cartridge box (if you opt for no shoulder sling).  You will also need a either an “oval" or “rectangle" brass Maryland State Seal belt plate (preferred) or “CS”brass belt plate. 

-The Regimental Quartermaster carries Maryland State Seal  and other belt plates in stock as well as the Bottony cross that is worn on the breast of the uniform jacket.

-S & S Sutler  carries Maryland State Seal and other belt plates.

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Above is a brass oval Maryland State Seal belt plate

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Above represented is a black leather waist belt, brass oval Maryland State Seal plate, black leather cap box, and an enfield bayonet with frog and scabbard


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Above is a Maryland Infantryman wearing the brass oval Maryland state seal plate, leather belt, and cap box


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Above represented is a brass rectangle Maryland state seal belt plate with proper black leather belt

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Above is a Private from "Company A” 2nd Maryland Infantry wearing a brass rectangle Maryland state seal belt plate


Cartridge Box with sling carrier (sling carrier optional) 

You will need a black leather cartridge box with a black leather shoulder sling carrier (shoulder sling carrier is optional). The cartridge box attaches to the waist belt or they can be worn using the leather  shoulder strap. The cartridge box is where you will place your pre-made cartridges of powder.  This is worn on the belt or sling and to the right rear of your body. The brass cartridge box plate goes on the front of the cartridge box. The Maryland State Seal brass plate is preffered or no plate at all is acceptable.

-The Regimental Quartermaster carries these items

-S & S Sutler  carries these items

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Above represented is a black leather cartridge box with sling.  This box has a brass state seal plate(plate is optional).



Haversack

The Haversack is a bag with attached sling that goes across your shoulder.  It carries your food rations, personal affects, and toiletries.  There are several types of haversacks.  The Confederate “Richmond Depot” version is preferred but the union “tarred” haversack, the Confederate linen/or muslin haversack, plain canvas haversack, and Carpet bag haversack are all acceptable.  You will also need a "period correct” tin cup.  The cup usually attaches to haversack.

-The Regimental Quartermaster carries quality haversacks

-S & S Sutler  carries quality haversacks 

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Above represented From left to right: carpet bag style, Richmond Depot enlisted haversack (made by S&S Sutler), Richmond Depot officers's haversack and the far right is a generic Sutler row haversack.

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Above: Displayed is a representation of what one man would of carried in his haversack. The little things carried like this at an event really makes a difference overall.


Knapsack and Blanket Rolls

The knapsack is not a mandatory item as many Confederate soldiers preferred to use a simple blanket roll, but it does come in handy for events.  Acceptable knapsacks range from a pre-war style wood frame pack, Kibler pack, or a Union double pouch soft pack.  


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Above represented is (from left to right) an early war militia style “hard pack”, a simple blanket roll (hemp blanket), and a “Kibler” pack.

-Missouri Boot and Shoe and ACW Knapsacks carries museum quality packs


Below represented is imported British Army Isaac and Campbell knapsack.



Bayonet and Scabbard

The bayonet and scabbard are covered in the weapons section.



Blankets, Ponchos, and Tents

You will need at least one period wool blanket (preferred), period quilt, or period coverlet.  There are several styles/types of blankets that were used and are acceptable.  Wool blankets used during the period came in several colors depending on Confederate or Union issue.  Although many of these blankets are acceptable, we recommend your first blanket to be simply a grey wool blanket.  Ponchos or Rubberized “gum” Blankets are not necessary but come in handy as a ground cloth for your tent.  Ponchos, of course, offer protection from the rain. 

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Above: Examples of acceptable wool blankets.  From left to right: 1861 “emergency issue” union blanket, standard grey wool issue blanket, and union calvarly blanket


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Above: example of a homemade quilt


Tents will serve as your home while at an event.  Tents should be period correct and made of white canvas.  Enlisted ranks are authorized to use a “sha-bang” (one shelter half) or a “pup” tent (two shelter halves buttoned together to form one tent) both are  recommended.


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-The Regimental Quartermaster carries a good selection of tents, wool blankets and ponchos/Gum blankets

-S&S Sutler carries great shelter halves

-South Union Mills carries handcrafted USA made coverletts  

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