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5171Re: [TalkAntietam] Uniforms of the US Regulars at Antietam

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  • Marc73@aol.com
    Nov 5, 2008
      If my?reading memory?serves me correctly both armies by the time of the Antietam Battle were in their worst condition clothing and supply wise as they?had been on the move for quite some time.

      An uneducated quess would be a mixed combination. I have not seen any resource material on what the regulars wore at Antietam.

      Marc Riddell
      1st Minn Co D
      2nd USSS Co C
      Potomac Legion

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      From: Thomas Clemens <clemenst@...>
      To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 3:54 pm
      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Uniforms of the US Regulars at Antietam

      I do not recall ever seeing anything about this issue. You might find a copy of Tim Reese's book on U.S. Regulars to se if there is anything there. None of the US Regular officers that wrote to Carman mention uniforms of enlisted men. By regulation, they should be wearing frock coats and hats into battle, but since they had been in constant motion since going to the Peninsula in spring, I doubt they had much of that "finery" left. Much of the Fifth Corps had no knapsacks or eqipment with them in Maryland, so whatever they had when left DC is likely what they wore through the campaign.
      Hope this helps.

      Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
      Professor of History
      Hagerstown Community College

      >>> "Rob & Patti Erickson" <pattirobpatti@...> 11/3/2008 4:31 PM >>>

      Esteemed memebers, what uniform would have been worn by the US Regulars
      at Antietam?

      Would the infantry have worn frock coats and Hardee hats, sack coats
      and forage caps, or a combination of styles/equipment?

      Thanks in advance for any information. Rob Erickson

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