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Basic Confederate Uniform and Equipment Standards

***Please do not buy anything until it has been approved by***

one of the officers or senior members of the company.

There are a lot of cheap items that look proper but will not last time in the field.

Musket – You can only use Three-banded muskets, for example model 1842 smoothbore Springfield, 1853 Enfield.  (shorter versions of the two-banded are not allowed).  Only officers are allowed to carry pistols.

Bayonet – You also need 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.

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 stripes will work

Shell Jacket - The 30th NCT predominantly wears a jeans cloth shell jacket.  Order your jacket as "North Carolina Depot shell jacket”.   Historical colors run from brown to gray jeans cloth.  Expect about six to eight weeks to make. You will want to order larger sizes than your dress up suit coat size. North Carolina State Seal or NC “Sunburst” Buttons.

Trousers You should ask for a color that contrasts with your uniform coat.  Either a jean cloth version or one make from cotton jeans are acceptable. A Richmond Depot design is encouraged. Also some solid color civilian pants are acceptable   All trousers are held up by suspenders.

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. No cowboy hats.  You may also wear a forage hat or a kepi, two styles of caps. However, remember, you will be in the sun for two days so a full hat is preferred. The kepis are good for parades and dress occasions.

Period Shirt - Almost all sutlers have the correct style, pull-over shirts made of muslin or cotton in varying patterns.

Belt Buckle - We prefer a CS roller buckle or a pre-war militia buckle.

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 dyed leather. With black you will be able to use the same leather gear when going Federal. 

Haversack - A U.S. tarred haversack will be where you keep your plate, eating utensils, food, etc. You may also purchase a Confederate linen haversack, but this would not be carried by Union troops. Look for linen sacks to keep in your haversack that will hide your keys, wallet, toothbrush, etc.

Canteen - There are a number of canteen styles with the U.S. 1858 Smooth side or the U.S. 1862 Bull’s-eye preferred. There is also a larger canteen available.  For longer life, the stainless-steel canteens are worth the extra money.  

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 on Company Street is known as the “monster wedge” and is sold by Panther Primitives.  We encourage people not to buy the large wedge tent unless you will be accompanied by your family.  No wall tents are allowed on Company Street.  A standard A-frame tent is about 7 feet tall by 9 feet long and 7-9 feet wide.  “Dog” tents are allowed in most cases and can be used for campaigning events.

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. Other choices could be homemade quilts.  Some surplus military blankets (no markings) No modern blankets.

Poncho/Ground clothCanvas 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 (with sheath) are allowed only in camp, and not allowed on the field during battles. 

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