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    Are You Embarrassed by Your Civil War Uniform Impression? by Paula and Coach McCoach Authentic, authentic, authentic is all you hear if you are new or a
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      Are You Embarrassed by Your
      Civil War Uniform Impression?

      by Paula and Coach McCoach

      "Authentic," "authentic," "authentic" is all you hear if you are
      new or a hard core reenactor. You look all over to find period Civil
      War Uniform articles. But when you finally get them, do you feel like
      you know what to do with them?

      Following are some researched tips on how to wear your Civil War
      Uniform once you have gathered it all together:

      *Civil War soldiers wore their haversack and canteen on the left
      side. A typical soldier's haversack included a pipe kit, tobacco,
      coffee, a sewing kit, rations, personal photos and letters.

      For more information on making articles for your haversack, email
      haversack@...

      *Purchase an inexpensive shirt from a sutler. Learn how to do a
      little bit of stitching - all you need to learn is a basic running
      stitch. Top stitch
      around the pockets, cuffs, collar and give the shirt a more authentic
      look
      with the hand stitching. Your $20 shirt is now worth $100.

      For a definitive book on the Civil War Uniform, ECHOES OF GLORY
      contains accurate pictures and descriptions of arms and equipment of
      the Civil War.

      Go to http://www.civilwaruniforms.net and order at the bottom of the
      page.

      *When Confederate and Union soldiers were on the march, keeping clean
      was difficult. Camping by a stream was a chance for them to wash
      some of their clothes as well as themselves. To add some
      authenticity to your impression at a reenactment, pin your socks to
      your uniform and dry them out, as they would have done. Sling your
      shoes over the other shoulder and go barefooted. You know barefooted
      soldiers were a very common site, especially in Lee's army.

      *Civil War Reenacting is one of the few hobbies where buying used
      items is actually more desirable that buying new. Soldiers in that
      era wore uniforms
      for 4 years daily!! No one had on new clothing. So, if you have a
      choice between new and used - go for the deal. Civil War Reenacting
      is one of the few hobbies where the longer you have a piece of
      clothing, a haversack, a hat - the more valuable it is - and then you
      can resell it at no extra charge for the wear and tear!

      *Confederate and Union soldiers were hard core coffee drinkers.
      Therefore,
      tin cup was a vital part of their haversack gear. The Tin Cup was
      also
      used as a coffee pot to make coffee and then used as a cup to drink
      coffee.

      *Due to the hard campaigning done by the Civil War Soldier, pants
      would usually last about 1 month before they started to get ragged
      or, as the Victorians would say 'tattered'. Jackets would
      be 'tattered' within about 2 months on the march. A word often used
      to describe their uniforms was 'rubbed out' not worn out, as we would
      say in modern times.


      For more information Civil War Uniforms, send an email to
      ideas@...


      Coach McCoach has been a Civil War reenactor in the 4th North
      Carolina Infantry, 2nd Virginia Regiment, and 21st Virginia Company
      B. Coach has received the "Authenticity Award" from these companies
      several times for his Civil War Uniform Impression. Coach's Civil War
      uniform designs have been seen in the movies GETTYSBURG, Antietam
      Visitors Center, ANDERSONVILLE. Coach's famous Civil War cookbook
      HARDTACK, CORNBREAD AND CHILI contains recipes for reenactments as
      well in your own home kitchen.

      For more information, contact coach@...


      2003 permission granted to reprint this article in print or on your
      website so long as the paragraph above is included and the contact
      information is included to coach@...
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