Basic Confederate Uniform and Equipment Standards
**Do not buy anything until it has been approved by
one of the officers or senior members of the company.
Musket - Three-banded muskets: 1842
Brogans and Socks - You MUST wear period footwear purchased from an approved source. You MAY NOT wear cowboy boots, work boots, etc. The typical shoe is a U.S. Jefferson Brogan available from many sutlers . Any good type of wool or cotton sock without any markings or strips will work
Shell Jacket - The 30th NCT predominantly wears a jeans cloth shell
jacket. Order your jacket as "
Trousers – You should ask for a color that contrasts with your uniform coat. Either a jean cloth version or one make from cotton jeans cloth are acceptable. A Richmond Depot design is encouraged. Also some solid color civilian pants are acceptable All trousers are held up by suspenders. Look for linen or mattress ticking suspenders with metal adjustments.
Headgear - Look at events for a
"slouch hat," a civilian style hat that suits your personal tastes,
but which has shape and a ribbon dressing around the brim. Amish straw hats
Period Shirt - Almost all sutlers have the correct style, pull-over shirts made of muslin in varying patterns. Look for wooden or bone buttons.
Belt Buckle - We prefer a CS
roller buckle or a pre-war militia buckle. You may also use a
Leather Goods - You will need a 1855 or later period cartridge box with a sling and an accompanying cap box. These come in several correct styles. You will want to have an experienced reenactor with you to check quality but most sutlers. Buy black rather than russet (brown). With black you will be able to use the same leather gear when going Federal.
Haversack - A
Canteen - There are a number of canteen styles with the
Eyeglasses - You must wear period glass eyeglasses, no plastic frames, no modern style metal frames. Period frames cost about the same as modern glasses and vendors are found in Civil War magazines like Civil War Times and Camp Chase Gazette. Sunglasses are discouraged as they were primarily used treatment for some ailments.
Cooking implements- Tin cup, plate, knife, spoon and fork are the basics to begin.
Tent - The largest tent allowed
Vest - The well dressed reenactor wears a military or civilian vest, but this is optional and should only be considered after all other items are purchased. Privates wore primarily civilian vest and officers wore either military or civilian versions
Blankets - 100% solid color wool. Cotton. Other choices could be homemade quilts. Some surplus military blankets (no markings) No modern blankets.
Poncho/Ground cloth – Canvas that is tarred/painted… Some ground cloths are cut as ponchos that can be slipped over the head and worn in rainy weather. The poncho and gum blanket are almost invaluable as a cover during wet and cold events.
Knives- Knives are allowed only in camp, and not allowed on the field during battles.
Bayonet - You must also purchase a bayonet and scabbard that fits your musket. Always take your musket with you when purchasing a bayonet as not all bayonets will fit all muskets.
Greatcoat - A Federal greatcoat is generally cheaper and will be accepted winter wear.
Knapsack - U.S. Double Bag or C.S Single Bag - both soft packs. Second choice would be a ANV hard pack. Blanket Rolls can be used alone or with a knapsack