The most cost effective plan for buying the accoutrements you need for this hobby is to buy those for your Federal impression first. This will provide you with a basic set that you can augment with Confederate specific items as your finances allow.

Leather Gear; A good plan would be to purchase a complete set of Federal 1857 or 1861 pattern accoutrements. The M1857 pattern is the pre or, early war pattern of sewn (not riveted) construction that served as the basis for many Confederate variations. Buy the complete set with U.S. belt buckle, U.S. box plate and Eagle breast plate. Switching over to your Confederate impression can then be accomplished by simply removing the box and breast plates and replacing the U.S. belt plate with an appropriate Confederate buckle. Or, swap the U.S belt entirely for a Confederate belt and buckle (Roller buckle, Georgia frame, Forked tongue or imported British snake).  

Recommended Cartridge Box patterns:

·         Pattern 1839 Cartridge Box (.54 or .69 caliber)

·         Pattern 1857 Cartridge Box (.58 or .69 caliber, sewn construction)

·         Pattern 1861 Cartridge Box (.58 or .69 caliber, sewn and riveted)

·         C.S. Arsenal copies of the above patterns (black or russet leather, painted cloth)

·         Imported Enfield Pattern Cartridge Box (.57 caliber)

                        Cap Box:

·         U.S. pattern 1850 standard or shield front (sewn construction)

·         U.S. pattern 1861 standard or shield front (sewn and riveted)

·         C.S. Arsenal copies of these types (black or russet leather, painted cloth)

·         Enfield pattern cap box

Waist and Box Belts: Black only for U.S. impression. Black or Russet leather and Painted Cloth “Tarred Canvas” for C.S. patterns/variations are acceptable for mid-late war events and white web belting and baldrics for early war/militia impressions. Acceptable Buckles:

·         Virginia State seal or Militia plate

·         Frame (Georgia style or serpent tongued style)

·         British snake

·         Blackened iron roller

·         Square C.S.A. plate

·         U.S. plate (U.S. Impression, not recommended for C.S.)


                Bayonet Scabbard: Black only for U.S. impression. Black or Russet leather for C.S  patterns/variations and painted cloth for mid-late war C.S. Ensure you buy a scabbard to fit your intended bayonet type.  

·         U.S. Gaylord Pattern (sewn, early war 2 rivet or, 1863 late war 7 rivet)

·         C.S. copies or variations

·         British Enfield style with frog

·         Militia pattern for use on dedicated Baldric


                Muskets and Rifled Muskets: Only three band types with a bayonet to fit. Of those listed the 1861 Springfield and the 1853 Enfield are the easiest to procure as they have been the mainstay of the reproduction manufacturers for decades. Therefore they are the    most prolific among reenactors, though they are not always appropriate for every   impression.

·         U.S. Model 1861 (.58 caliber)

·         Enfield Pattern 1853 (.57 caliber)

·         U.S. Model 1816/22 (.69 caliber smoothbore converted to percussion)

·         U.S. Model 1842 (.69 caliber, rifled or smoothbore)

·         U.S. Model 1855 (.58 caliber)

·         Austrian Lorenz (.54 or .58 caliber)

·         Richmond Arsenal, first or second model (.58 caliber)


            Canteens: Will be of an authentic pattern and construction. Available tin canteens are  constructed of   either modern electroplated tin (thin coating) or authentic hot dipped   (thick coating). Hot dipped versions are preferred when available as the coating is more   durable than the modern electroplated tin which wears through or rust more quickly.   Beeswax lining is optional. Stainless steel canteens are not encouraged and will have appropriate covers. 

·         Wooden Gardner pattern

·         Confederate tin drum

·         Federal Issue; either 1858 “Smoothside” or 1862 “Bullseye” styles. Authentic covers made of jean cloth in brown or gray colors. Sky blue covers are not historically accurate and dark blue covers were rare.

                Haversack: Federal or Confederate issue of proper pattern and materials; oilcloth,cotton drill/duck, linen or ticking as appropriate.

·         Mexican War pattern of white cotton drill/duck having a scalloped flap with three tin or pewter buttons for closure.

·         U.S. 1862 “Meechum” pattern of oilcloth with a removable cotton liner with leather tab/roller buckle closure.

·         Documented Confederate patterns of oilcloth, cotton, linen or ticking with buckle or button closure.


Knapsack: (optional) Documented Federal or Confederate issue of proper pattern and materials.

·         Mexican War “single bag” or Documented C.S. type “Kibbler”

·         Militia pattern “hardpack” with internal wooden frame

·         U.S. model 1853/55/64 "double bag" (early to late war patterns)

·         British import Isaac & Campbell Co. “hardpack”





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