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The Lamar Rifles have given us permission to link to their page. I suggest strongly that you check it out thoroughly.  The Lamar Rifles stress authenticity to the Civil War period of 1861-1865. The uniform target date is July 1st, 1863, the start of the Battle of Gettysburg. This target date was just after the original 11th Mississippi was re-supplied with new uniforms. Therefore, our uniforms are primarily a dark Richmond gray color, cut in the Richmond Depot II style. http://www.11th-miss.com/equipment.htm

 

1. RIFLES

This is the single most costly item that you will purchase. We recommend that you shop around with care before making this hefty investment. Talk with the company staff before making the final purchase. It is recommended that you get your reproduction weapon "defarbed" if at all possible. Original 1816 muskets and 1842 muskets are usually available at Civil War shows for reasonable prices.  $150-600                         Recommended Vendors: Slings$20

Company Quartermaster

John Zimmerman

Fall Creek Sutlery

Regimental Quartermaster

James Country Mercantile

C & D Jarnagin

 

2. BAYONET and SCABBARD

Bayonets: The same place you purchased your musket or at Civil War shows. Some may need to be "fitted" to your musket.$ 30-75 Recommended Vendors:

     Scabbards:     C & D Jarnagin

                               Missouri Boot & Shoe*****

                               Dell's Leatherworks

                               Trans-Mississippi Depot Co

                             W, W, & Company

 

3. CAPPOUCH

Black U.S. M1850 cap pouches are recommended, but any early or mid-war Federal or Confederate patterns are acceptable. It should have wool inside and a loop to hold the nipple pick. Enfield cap pouches are also acceptable.          $16   Recommended Vendors: Easy to make

EJ Thomas

C & D Jarnagin

Fall Creek Sutlery

Trans-Mississippi Depot Co

 Missouri Boot & Shoe

 W, W & Company

 

4. WAISTBELT

M1856 black 2-inch waist belt with the following buckle types: Georgia frame buckle, U.S. buckle, or a forked tongue buckle.

   $14-34                    Vendors Recommended Easy to make

C & D Jarnagin

Dell's Leatherworks

Trans-Mississippi Depot Co

Fall Creek Sutlery

 

5. CARTRIDGE BOX and SLING

For an 1816 or 1842 musket, a pattern of 1839 or pattern of 1861 (69 cal round ball) cartridge box is recommended, or a 69 cal. Confederate cartridge box. For an Enfield, 1861 Springfield, or 1861 Richmond rifle-musket; a pattern of 1857 (58 cal) or pattern of 1861 (58 cal) cartridge box is recommended, or an appropriate Confederate 58 cal cartridge box. 69 caliber cartridge boxes are also acceptable for use with a 58 caliber weapon. Every cartridge box should have tins. A black sling can either be waxed or bridle leather, or black "tarred" linen. Enfield cartridge boxes are also acceptable.  $20-70 Recommended Vendors:

C & D Jarnagin

Missouri Boot & Shoe*****

Dell's Leatherworks *EJ Thomas

Trans-Mississippi Depot Co

Fall Creek Sutlery

 

6. HAVERSACK

A U.S. issue black tarred, early or mid-war pattern haversack is acceptable, as are Federal canvas contract haversacks or Confederate pattern haversacks. Recommended Vendors: $24 Easy to make

CJ Daley*****

Haversack Depot

Dell's Leatherworks

W, W & Company

Trans-Mississippi Depot Co

 

7. CANTEEN

Choose one of the following styles of canteens:

U.S. M1858 smoothside

C.S. Tin drum with plain front face

C.S. Wooden canteen

Covers for U.S. issue canteens may be Dark Blue/Sky Blue/Tan/Gray wool or jean cloth. Tin canteens are preferred but stainless steel are also acceptable. Recommended Vendors: $29-49

C & D Jarnagin

Orchard Hill Sutlery

Trans-Mississippi Depot Co

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

S&S Sutler of Gettysburg

Otter Creek Tinware

 

8. SHOES

U.S. issue M1851 Jefferson brogans (Black).  Black Confederate issued brogans and civilian brogans are also acceptable.  Either pegged or sewn soles are acceptable. Recommended Vendors:$40-160

Mattimore Harness

Missouri Boot & Shoe ******

C & D Jarnagin

Robert Land Footwear

 

9. SOCKS

Socks must be of a period style in either wool or cotton. $9

Recommended Vendors:

CJ Daley*****

Carter & Jasper Mercantile

S&S Sutler of Gettysburg

Orchard Hill Sutlery

 

10. HATS

Civilian pattern felt slouch hats with period style and color. Common colors were black, brown, or tan. It should have a ribbon around the bottom of the crown, and also around the edge of the brim. Most hats have a lining in the crown. No brass letters, numbers, or branch of service cords!!! Straw hats are allowed, but please check with the captain before you purchase one! Recommended Vendors: $20-60

 Tim Bender Hats

Clearwater Hats

Dirty Billy Hats

 

11. SHIRT

Period military or civilian pattern shirt with collar. It must be of correct style and color/pattern, with glass, mother of pearl, bone or pewter buttons. Plaid, checked or striped cotton shirts, along with natural color cotton or osnaburg shirts are preferred. Wool military issued shirts are also acceptable. Printed or calico cloth was usually reserved for women's dresses and was very rarely seen in the army, and those types of shirts are therefore discouraged! Recommended Vendors: $ 10-30 Easy to make

County Cloth (patterns)*****

W, W & Company

Carter & Jasper Mercantile

Corner Clothiers

Skillet Licker

CJ Daley (military shirt)*****

 

12. JACKET

Richmond Depot Type I and Type II Shell Jackets are acceptable for early-war and mid-war impressions. Richmond Depot Type III are acceptable for late war. At the beginning of the conflict the C.S.A. War Department adopted a uniform of cadet gray with sky blue trousers. Source: Savannah Georgia Republican, 6 June 1861. Your jacket should have shoulder and waist straps, but no branch of service trim or piping. The jacket can be made from wool, jean wool, kersey or satinette, and should be lined with osnaburg or cotton drill. Recommended colors are: Cadet Gray; Quartermaster Shop - Dark Richmond Gray; or from County Cloth - Color K3. Recommended Vendors: $100-400

County Cloth*****

The Quartermaster Shop

CJ Daley *****

W, W & Company

C & D Jarnagin

 

13. TROUSERS

The following style trousers are acceptable:

C.S. Richmond Depot Foot Trousers (wool or jean wool)

C.S. Foot Trousers (wool or jean wool)

Civilian Trousers (wool, cotton jean or cotton)

Recommended colors: Trousers and jackets issued from the government very rarely matched in color, so any shade of gray or butternut wool or jean cloth is acceptable. Civilian style trousers should be of a correct pattern and colors. Recommended Vendors: $50-100

County Cloth*****

CJ Daley ****** Carter & Jasper Mercantile

W, W & Company

The Quartermaster Shop

 

14. SUSPENDERS (BRACES)

Linen or cotton tape suspenders with optional leather ends. Recommended Vendors: $12-14

CJ Daley*****

Carter & Jasper Mercantile

Trans-Mississippi Depot Co

Corner Clothiers

Regimental Quartermaster

Skillet Licker

 

15. PONCHO, GUM BLANKET or PAINTED GROUNDCLOTH

Federal issue black rubber poncho and/or gum blanket, or a period correct painted ground cloth.  (Better yet make your own from an old duck drop cloth and some inexpensive black water-based paint and save.) Recommended Vendors: $40-75 or Easy to make

C & D Jarnagin (Poncho or gum blanket)

Carter & Jasper Mercantile (Gum blanket)

Trans-Mississippi Depot Co

Dell's Leatherworks (Painted groundcloth)

 

16. BLANKET

Period pattern military issue wool blanket, period pattern cotton or wool civilian blanket, or period correct pattern quilt. Recommended Vendors: $40-50

CJ Daley*****

County Cloth*****

C & D Jarnagin (Keagy-Noble blanket)

Abe Thomas Blankets

Wisconsin Veterans Museum (Pea Ridge blanket)

Regimental Quartermaster

 

17. MESS UTENSILS

You will need some kind of eating utensils if you plan to eat with something other than your hat and fingers! In practice, each soldier carries a tin plate or canteen half, a tin cup or boiler, and a period fork, knife, and spoon. Antique stores 0r

Recommended Vendors: $20-45

CJ Daley*****

C & D Jarnagin

Carter & Jasper Mercantile

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

 

18. EYE GLASSES

If you normally wear glasses, you will need to purchase some authentic period frames and have prescription lenses made for them. Another option is to wear contact lenses. $25 (have some old lenses ground to fit for a couple of dollars)

 

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

 

Pocket Knife, housewife, sleeping cap, wallet, tobacco pouch and pipe, match safe, toothbrush and tooth powder, handkerchief, mittens, scarf, gun tools and much much more. These items can be found any nearly any sutler, but check with other members before purchasing anything to get the best product. Not everything the sutlers carry is period correct!

 

The South was short on material.  Make your knapsack, poncho, haversack and cartridge box out of canvas with leather straps.  (See Echoes of Glory or The Internet)

 

Please identify all of your equipment.