Authenticity Guidelines


This is the impression to strive for. We of course do not expect someone to go out and buy all of this their first day. We have loaner gear and understand an impression can take a bit to put together. While we strive for authenticity, we do not belittle other reenactors on their impressions. We are all about education and a combined effort between reenactors to better the hobby.

Federal
 Our primary impression is based on Western Federal infantry unless a specific event unit impression is called for.

Hats:
- Federal Type II forage caps
- 1858 dress hat(little to no brass unless impression calls for it)
- Any documented civilian hat
Hardee hat left, Forage cap right. 

Coats, blouses, frocks:
- Federal Sack coat of Schuylkill Arsenal, J.T. Martin, other contract variants(minus the "Ohio blouse"), or private purchase(in low quantities)
- Federal Frock Coat. 
Examples of Federal blouses
Shirts:
- Federal issue shirts or contract shirts
- Civilian shirts in cotton or wool
A work detail in shirt sleeves

Trousers:
- Sky blue enlisted trousers (Schuykill, J.T. Martin, Deering)
- Dark blue trousers used for limited early war events
Drawers:
- Cotton or flannel drawers
Brogans:
- Jefferson brogans
- Civilian boots limited quantities
Socks(the most important part on a march!):
- Handknit, wool
- Issue wool or cotton
Canteen:
- Tin Federal issue smoothside with jean wool cover and cork attached by twine.
Belts, slings, cartridge boxes, cap pouches:
- M1861 cartridge box for .58cal weapons, US plate attached center of flap with eagle plate on strap and proper tins
- Cap pouch of correct construction
- Waist belts of black leather, US lead-filled plate with arrow or puppy-paw attachments
- If using a .69cal, proper box must be used
Blankets:
- US issue blanket
- Civilian blanket for limited impressions
-We do allow the Italian 'surplus' style blanket found at several vendors and on ebay...
it is a good starter blanket while you look or save for a high quality repro
Gum blankets:
- US issue vulcanized rubber blanket
Knapsacks:
- 1858 type double bag knapsack
- Private purchase for limited impressions
Federal Issue Double Bag

Mess gear(tin):
- Boiler, canteen half, utensils, cup, plate, etc...
Haversack:
- US issue tarred haversack of proper construction
-Some private purchase examples can also be found in the ranks
US issued haversack with leathers, Enfield rifle, mess gear, and blankets.

Weapons:
- .577cal. 1853 Enfield
- .58cal. 1861 Springfield
- .69cal. 1842 Springfield
- Properly rolled cartridges
Cartridges ready to be placed in arsenal packs

Food:
- List for issued rations and other period food/recipies will be up soon
Shelter Halves:
*Note- We do not use these often... most of the time it is tying gum blankets together to shield from the rain.
- Only one half may be carried per soldier

Top: Perryville, KY 2012
Bottom: Marmaduke's Raid, 3rd EMM, 2013





Confederate

*A note on Confederate impressions:
Due to several factors, Confederate impressions even for just one theater in the war are numerous. This being said, much of a confederate guideline depends upon the theater/army/specific unit being portrayed. Below are examples of uniform guidelines, these are not meant to be an 'end all be all'.


FLORIDA-CSA

These guidelines are primarily for the Southeast portion of the unit while doing Confederate.

Hats:
- Documented civilian patterns
- Confederate Kepi
Coats, Jackets, Frocks:
- Issue 4-button jacket
- Frock coat
Shirts:
- Confederate Issue
- Civilian in Cotton, Wool, or Linen(early war)
Trousers:
- Side Seam Pocket/Civilian
- Mule Ear
Canteens:
- Tin Drum
- Federal Smoothside
- Wooden
- Other Confederate Variants
Belts, Slings, Cartridge Boxes, Cap Pouches:
-Unmarked boxes or deep south depot boxes and cap pouches
-Belts with roller buckle, plain brass, etc...
Blankets:
- Confederate Issued
- Civilian Jean, Wool, or Cotton
- US Issue
Gum/Tarred Blankets:
-Oiled cloth
-Federal issue
-known civilian patterns
Knapsacks:
- Blanket roll
- Kibler/Single bag
Mess Gear:
Weapons:
- .577cal. 1853 Enfield
- .58cal. 1861 Springfield
- .69cal. 1842 Springfield
- Properly rolled cartridges

A Florida member of the TIG mess on rest during a long march.

AOT


Hats:
- Documented civilian patterns
- Confederate Kepi
Coats, Jackets, Frocks:
- Deep South
- Dept. of Alabama
- 4-Button
- Commutation
- Columbus Depot Variants
- Confederate Frock
Shirts:
- Confederate Issue
- Civilian in Cotton, Wool, or Linen(early war)
Trousers:
- Side Seam Pocket/Civilian
- Western Mule Ear
- Eastern Mule Ear
- Wilson or Other Relief/Hospital Variants 
Drawers:
Brogans:
Socks:
Canteens:
- Tin Drum
- Federal Smoothside
- Wooden
- Other Confederate Variants
Belts, Slings, Cartridge Boxes, Cap Pouches:
Blankets:
- Confederate Issued
- Civilian Jean, Wool, or Coton
- US Issue
Gum/Tarred Blankets:
Knapsacks:
- Kibler
- Pritchard
- Other Knapsack Variants Documented to Confederate Use
Mess Gear:
Weapons:
- .577cal. 1853 Enfield
- .58cal. 1861 Springfield
- .69cal. 1842 Springfield
- Properly rolled cartridges are a must
Food:

Top: TIG Mess participates in filming "Civil War: Untold Stories"
Bottom: Comer's Trans-Miss company at Chickamauga 2013




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