Confederate Army

Below are the MINIMUM uniform standards required for Confederate Army enlisted/volunteer men, each individual unit that you join or belong to may have slight variations so please check first, however all the below are available. Where appropriate the items are listed in order of preference.

Uniform Items

Jackets
The choice here most certainly will depend on the individual unit in question:

Depot 2 Richmond jacket for an Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) impression

Columbus Depot jacket for an Army of Tennessee (AOT) impression. Both in jean-cloth, cassimere, satinnette or Lindsey-woolsey, NOT wool.

It may be possible to mix in a North Carolina jacket into any unit, both ANV and AOT.

A small amount of frock coats (mainly in butternut colour) may still have been in use during 1863. It is also permissible for a few civilian style ack coats of the period to be observed in Western regiments. By this time though, the regiments would have had several issues of new clothing and these would have been of the 'shell' type listed above.

Trousers
Army Trousers, Foot Pattern Military or civilian pattern and cuts. These trousers have suspender buttons of stamped metal or wood affixed. They usually have a back adjustment tie string of leather and the one-inch split on the outer cuff. These trousers may be obtained in any of three pocket styles:

* The regulation single/side top entry pocket.
* The mule-ear pocket.
* The side seam pocket

They all have the wide and high waistband. Very few Union captured trousers should be seen.

Shirt
The1851 issue shirt was a four-button pullover shirt with yoke in the back. One-button cuffs and gussets in the armpits.During the war, a white calico shirt of the same pattern was very much in evidence, and civilian production provided coloured and print shirts of similar cut. It is worth noting that during the 19<sup>th</sup> century, it was considered 'un-gentlemanly' to be seen without a jacket whilst in the presence of ladies

Forage Cap or Slouch Hat
During the war, some enlisted men were issued a forage cap of grey, jean cloth or wool, a crescent shaped visor of leather, a leather chin strap with a brass slide and two general service buttons. However, civilian slouch hats were found to be more comfortable and practical keeping out the rain and shielding the hot southern sun.

Boots
Jefferson Brogans (Booties) 1860 is the accepted issue military shoe although any period correct boot may be considered as acceptable. "Desert Boots" dyed black, with the eyelets removed, and leather or rawhide laces will be acceptable for a maximum of one year, especially in the case of the growing young men or boys.

SOCKS
Grey or off-white wool or knotted cotton socks are worn. Other colours are accepted

ACCOUTREMENTS

Cartridge Box
The Cartridge Box holds your black powder charges. They are a safety item and must be worn with the tins. They were issued with or without a leather shoulder belt, but can be worn on the belt. It is not uncommon to find these also in brown or tan.

Cap Box
The Cap Box holds the caps used for the musket. It may be black or brown leather, or canvas and leather. The Union type is most available and recommended.

Waist Belt
The Waist Belt goes around the waist and holds the rest of your leather gear in place on the uniform. It may be black or brown leather only. A brass Georgia frame is the most common.

Haversack
The Haversack was traditionally meant only for food. Other items were meant to go in your haversack, blanket roll or pockets. Various white linen, canvas, or coloured Confederate types are available. The US tarred type in black is the best because of being waterproof.

Canteen
The Canteen carries your drinking water - only. Recommend any good Gardner pattern in cedar, tin drum in number of varieties as well as the US smooth sided and bulls eye type, with or without brown or grey jean wool covers.