GEAR & ACCOUTERMENTS

NOTE: THE ONLY APPROVED VENDORS FOR GEAR AND ACCOUTERMENTS ARE LISTED ON OUR “RECOMMENDED SUTLER LIST”.

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, BELT PLATE, CAP BOX, AND CARTRIDGE BOX

You will need:

  • BLACK LEATHER WAIST BELT
  • MARYLAND STATE SEAL BELT PLATE (EITHER OVAL OR RECTANGLE)
  • BLACK LEATHER CAP BOX
  • BLACK LEATHER CARTRIDGE BOX (PREFERABLY .58 CAL)
  • BLACK LEATHER SHOULDER SLING FOR CARTRIDGE BOX (OPTIONAL)
  • MARYLAND STATE SEAL CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE (OPTIONAL)

 

***PLEASE BUY QUALITY AND RESEARCHED LEATHER ITEMS



BAYONET AND SCABBARD

The bayonet and scabbard are covered in the weapons section.


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 or knapsack.

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Above represented From left to right: Richmond Depot officer’s haversack , haversack made from ticking, Richmond Depot enlsited haversack, and a carpet style haversack.

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Above: Displayed is a representation of what one man would of carried in his haversack in addition to his food rations.


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 an early war “Pace”Pack (left) and a mid to late war British Isaac and Campbell pack 

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


Below: Various knapsacks.


BLANKETS, PONCHOS, AND TENTS

You will need at least one period 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 several type of period correct blankets. (Left to Right)“Captured” Federal issue blanket; Civil style jeans wool blanket (made by Wambaugh and White); and a Civilian coverlet (made by South Union Mills). Keep in mind you want your blanket to provide warmth. Many colorful “civilian” style blankets look great but tend to be thin in terms of providing warmth.



Tents are optional. If you get a tent, they need to be period correct and made of white canvas. The only tent authorized is a shelter half or button two shelter halves together to make a dog tent. Use of one shelter half is nicknamed a “sha-bang".

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