UNIFORMS

NOTE: BEFORE YOU PURCHASE ANYTHING, PLEASE SPEAK WITH OUR GROUP AS WE USE CERTAIN VENDORS THAT MEET OUR UNIT’S SPECIFICATIONS ON QUALITY, HISTORIC ACCURACY & RESEARCH, AND PRICE. PLEASE DO NOT DEVIATE

2ND MARYLAND UNIFORMS

The 2nd Maryland Infantry Regiment was known for their “natty” appearance.  “Natty” meaning very neat and uniformed. Most people have the misconception that the Confederates were a “rag tag” looking lot.  In reality, the Army of Northern Virginia was better uniformed towards the end of the war than it was at the beginning.  The War Department had more uniforms than soldiers. The 2nd Maryland obtained regular uniform issue through the Commutation system from 1862 to late 1863.  In late 1863, the 2nd Maryland began getting uniform issue through the Richmond Depot system until the end of the war.  The uniform styles issued during their service ranged from the Richmond Depot Type II (RD Type 2) shell jacket, the Richmond Depot Type III (RD Type 3) shell jacket, and the “Tait” Jacket (1864-1865).  Our group, for the sake of uniformity and cohesion for various time periods, requires new members to purchase a RD type 2 shell jacket and trousers made with the British Army blue-grey kersey wool. It is common belief that the British Army blue-grey kersey did not get imported to the south until 1864.  This is true for “most” units.  The 2nd Maryland, however, was one of the first units to get issued uniforms made from this wool as early as 1862 per excerpt below from Maj. W.W. Goldsborough’s memoirs as documented in Dan Hartzler’s Maryland book.  There are also supporting evidence as found on the original pay chits and officer’s requisition of clothing in the Commutation system. 

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Above: excerpt from The Maryland Line by Maj. W.W.Goldsborough of 2nd Maryland Infantry


APPROVED SUTLERS FOR UNIFORMS AND KEPIS


MANDATORY UNIFORM FOR “COMPANY D” 2ND MARLAND INFANTRY

  • MARYLAND KEPI (CONSTRUCTED AS LISTED BELOW)
  • RICHMOND DEPOT TYPE 2 SHELL JACKET WITH 9 BUTTONS (IN BRITISH BLUE GREY KERSEY)
  • RICHMOND DEPOT TROUSERS (IN BRITISH BLUE GREY KERSEY)
  • TROUSER BRACES 
  • SHIRT(S)
  • SHOES (BROGANS)
  • SOCKS (PERIOD WOOL OR COTTON)
  • VEST (OPTIONAL)
  • OVERCOAT (OPTIONAL)


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TYPES OF UNIFORMS WORN BY 2ND MARYLAND INFANTRY 1862-1865

-Richmond Depot Type 2 Shell Jacket 1862-1865-

The RD2 is the “MANDATORY” jacket all members need

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Above is a Richmond Depot II (RD 2) in “British Blue-Grey” color kersey wool made by Bristol Hollow. This is the mandatory type and color of shell jacket for all enlisted troops in Company D.


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Above is an example of a Richmond Depot Type 2 Shell Jacket (9 buttons and shoulder epaulettes).


-Richmond Depot Type 3 Shell Jacket 1863-1865-

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Above is a Richmond Depot III (RD 3) in “Blue-Grey” kersey color wool. Note: This jacket belonged to John C. Henry of “Company A” 2nd Maryland Infantry.  This style worn late 1863-1865


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Above is an example of a Richmond Depot Type 3 Shell Jacket (9 buttons and no shoulder epaulettes). Below is an original RD3 with Maryland muffin buttons.

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-Peter Tait Jacket (from Ireland) 1864-1865-

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Above is a reproduction Tait jacket in the proper British blue/grey color wool. Take note the 8 buttons, french blue color, and no shoulder epaulettes.  This is acceptable for event timelines of 1864-1865 only.


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Above is an original Tait uniform that belonged to Pvt Harrison of Company A, 2nd Maryland Infantry. This jacket is on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland.


-NORTH CAROLINA DEPOT UNIFORM (“SURRENDER UNIFORM”) 1865-

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Above is an original “Surrender uniform" that belonged to Pvt Holliday of Company A, 2nd Maryland Infantry. This uniform is on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland.


Uniform Trousers

The uniform trousers must have “mule ear” pockets. They need to be made from the British Army blue-Grey Kersey wool (as described above).  This is mandatory for all members.  Correct trousers can be purchased from Bristol Hollow.

You will also need a pair of braces (suspenders) for your trousers.


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Above is a pair of trousers in “British Army” blue-grey color kersey wool with “mule ear” pockets.


Kepi

It is well documented that 2nd Maryland wore kepis as their primary uniform headwear. The 2nd Maryland Kepi has a French blue bottom band and a French blue top (crown).  The visor should be either leather or oilcloth. DO NOT bend your visor like a modern day baseball cap. Leave it straight.  The only authorized kepi insignia is the brass “Maryland state seal” badge.

The following are the only authorized sutlers for Maryland Kepis:





Shoes (Brogans)

Period shoe styles varies and listed below are a few styles acceptable. The most common shoes worn are called “brogans”.  They are black and are all leather (uppers, lowers, and sole). 

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Above is a pair of brogans


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Above is the M. Page Lapham shoes


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Above from left to right: Civilian low cut shoes, M. Page Lapham shoes, and Federal Brogans



Shirt

Quality homespun, flannel, muslin, or wool shirts are acceptable. It is recommended that each man have 2 shirts (1 spare).

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Optional items

Other items you may want to get, but not mandatory, are a Greatcoat; Confederate military or civilian style Greatcoat is preferred, but Union Overcoats are acceptable. Either a military or civilian style vest. A pair of period correct drawers (underwear/long-johns) and knitted scarf and mittens (in period correct colors) all come in handy. See below pictures of examples.  Check our sutler link page.

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Above: Civilian style greatcoat


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Above: Home made (wool yarn) mittens and scarf


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Above: Different styles of civilian vests 


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