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
*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
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
*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.
tin cup was a vital part of their haversack gear. The Tin Cup was
used as a coffee pot to make coffee and then used as a cup to drink
*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
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@...
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