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, AND PRICE. THE UNIFORMS NEED TO MEET THE CRITERIA AS STATED BELOW. ANY OTHER SUTLERS NEED TO BE PRE-APPROVED BY "COMPANY D" PRIOR TO PURCHASING. We want to help make sure what you purchase is correct for our impression.

Uniform Shell Jacket

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 make 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). That said, all members shall have our prescribed uniform by the end of their first season in our group.  Acceptable as a secondary jacket are Tait Jackets. Tait jackets were made in Ireland  by Peter Tait Company and imported to Confederacy by slipping through the Union blockade.  This were not issued until 1864 and hence can only be worn for late war events/impressions. Along with the imported Tait jackets/uniforms, bolts of the British Army bluish-grey wool was also smuggled into the southern states. These bolts of wool were utilized in making Richmond Depot III shell jackets. The RD3 Shell had 9 buttons (some variations had 8, 7 and even 6 buttons) while the Tait jacket had 8 buttons.  The RDIII is also authorized as a secondary jacket only to be worn for late war events/impressions.  One thing you will also need to do is to replace the buttons with Maryland “muffin” state seal buttons.  You can see a pic of an original 2nd Maryland uniform posted in our Photo section.  The uniform pictured is a Tait jacket with 8 buttons with matching trousers with Maryland state seal buttons.  The color of the wool in pic is British Army bluish-grey kersey wool. Click Here for more information and description on the types of shell jackets.

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

-The Regimental Quartermaster  carries Richmond Depot II shell jackets and trousers made using the correct British blue-grey wool.  This is an authorized maker/uniform for our group.


-Richmond Depot Type 2 Shell Jacket-

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Above is a Richmond Depot II (RD 2) in “British Blue-Grey” color kersey wool.  This is the preferred style and color as this is acceptable for event time periods of 1862-1865.


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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-

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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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-Imported Peter Tait Jacket (from Ireland)-

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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 a reproduction Tait jacket in the proper British blue/grey color wool.


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Above is an original Tait jacket that belonged to Pvt Harrison of Company A, 2nd Maryland Infantry. This jacket 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 wool (as described above).  

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

The Regimental Quartermaster and S&S Sutler carries clothing made using the correct blue-grey kersey wool.


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Above is a pair of trousers in “British Army” blue-grey color kersey wool with “mule ear” pockets.  Also shown are period “correct” suspenders. This is the preferred color and style of trousers for all periods 1862-1865.



Kepi

The 2nd Maryland was known for uniformidy.  It is well documented that the regiment wore kepis primariy as their head gear. The 2nd Maryland Kepi has a light blue bottom band and a light blue top (crown).  This is documented in"First and Second Maryland Infantry, C.S.A.”  by Robert J. Driver Jr.  The visor should preferably be oilcloth. DO NOT bend your visor like a modern day baseball cap. Leave it straight.  Dirty Billy’s Hats and Kepis by Starbuck (Greg Starbuck) are the only sutlers currently making a “quality” 2nd Maryland Kepi. The kepi should have a brass “Maryland state seal” badge (the state seal badge is doccumented from original photos) or no badge at all. Regimental Quartermaster carries the proper Maryland Seal brass badge. NO CHEAP KEPIS SHALL BE AUTHORIZED FOR USE.

Dirty Billy’s Hats for the “2nd Maryland Confederate Kepi”. 

Kepis by Starbuck for the “2nd Maryland Confederate Kepi"





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).  I would highly recommend that when you buy a pair of brogans that you also get heel plates mounted as well.  Heel plates will protect the heel from ware and give you a longer life expectancy out of your shoes. You could also wear other period leather shoes like M. Page Lapham shoes (pictured below) or any “period" civilian style low cut shoes (pictured below) You will also need at least 2 pair of gray wool socks or “period” color wool socks (no modern stripes).

The Regimental Quartermaster sells decent brogans at a decent price.  You can find brogans through most sutlers.

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Above is a pair of brogans

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Above is to show what heel plates look like 


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Above is the M. Page Lapham shoes (can be purchased at Regimental Quartermaster)


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



Shirt

The shirt could vary.  Most Confederate soldiers wore shirts that had patterns and was “homespun”.  White muslin shirts are also acceptable. You can find "period correct" shirts from most Sutlers.  Check our sutler link page.

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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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