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JACKET/COAT

  • Illinois State Issue Jacket (with epaulettes and belt loop on left side) with or without cuff buttons similar in style to the Spaulding Jacket
  • Illinois State Issue Jacket; style similar to New York State Issue Jackets with sky blue trim
  • Sack Coat/Fatigue Blouse
  • Enlisted Frock Coat

TROUSERS

  • Sky Blue Issue Trousers
  • Dark Blue Issue Trousers

OVERCOAT

  • Enlisted Pattern Greatcoat

FOOTWEAR

  • Issue Jefferson Brogans
  • Period Civilian/Private Purchase Boots or Shoes

SHIRT

  • Federal Contract Variant Issue Shirt
  • Federal Issue Shirt
  • Period Civilian Shirt

DRAWERS

  • Issue Pattern Drawers
  • Civilian/Private Purchase Drawers

SOCKS

  • Period Appropriate Wool or Cotton Socks

HEADGEAR

  • Hardee Hat
  • Forage Cap
  • Kepi
  • Dark Color Civilian Style Hat

WEAPON

  • 1853 Enfield
  • 1861 Springfield or Contract Variant
  • 1842 Springfield or other .69 Caliber Military Issue Weapon

CARTRIDGE BOX

  • Pattern of 1857 or 1861 with shoulder belt
  • Bring Forty (40) Rounds in the Cartridge Box

CAP POUCH

  • Shield Front Cap Pouch

WAIST BELT

  • Early War Style

BAYONET SCABBARD

  • Appropriate to weapon; early war Two Rivet Style

KNAPSACK

  • Mexican War Style Single Bag
  • Early War Issue Federal Double Bag

HAVERSACK

  • Early War Style Issue Haversack
  • Two Days Rations to be carried (none to be supplied by the event hosts)

CANTEEN

  • Early War State or Western Depot Issue

BLANKET

  • US Issue Blanket

GROUND CLOTH/GUM BLANKET

  • Vulcanized or Painted Cloth Issue Gum Blanket/Ground Cloth
  • No Ponchos

SHELTER HALVES/TENTAGE

  • Shelter Halves had not yet been issued and are prohibited
  • Tent Flies will be permitted
AUTHENTICITY GUIDELINES
Federal and Confederate Uniform Specifications for Advance on Fort Henry
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FEDERAL UNIFORM GUIDELINES - 31st Illinois Infantry
JACKET/COAT

  • CS Infantry Frock w/ attached Infantry Collar and Cuff Trim of dark Blue (covering the entire circumference of the cuff). This can be done to where it is temporary - if done carefully and strategically. Consider it...
  • Untrimmed CS Infantry Frock, of graded cloth of similar colors and hues, with a special request of browned or oxidized jeans.
  • CS Infantry Frock w/ French Blue collar and cuffs with partially wrapped cuff trim (i.e. the 'Tennessee Pattern' Frock) - OR - CS Infantry Variant Frock with Blue Trim on collar only.
  • Civilian or Civilian-Patterned Skirted Coat of Gray or Oxidized Natural Colors and Hues. Civilian patterned overcoats and overfrocks of similar color and hues are strongly desired.
  • CS Military Overcoats and/or Short Jackets are discouraged and are not desired.

TROUSERS

  • Infantry Pattern trousers matching (or closely matching) the coat colors and hues w/ attached 1/2 Inch (w/ variation) natural fiber tape trim of a black or drab color.
  • Any Civilian or Infantry Pattern Trousers in earthy colors and hues with the above attached trim. Try and match or coordinate with your coat and/or your kepi if you wear one.
  • (Yes, we like trim...)

HEADGEAR

  • A kepi of matching (or coordinating) Gray or Oxidized Natural Colors and Hues. (w/ or w/o black/drab trim & w/ non-functioning visor)
  • Any style wide brimmed hat of a flat or telescoped crown in a darker color (black/drab, brown or dark gray) that could have been offered as an early issue. Pin it if you want..
  • Any wide brimmed civilian style hat or slouch hat (Darker tones are preferred) in a more limited number.

MISCELLANEOUS GEAR

  • Accoutrements should be of a non-descript nature and in good order matching the weapon's ordinance, ideally, if you are able.
  • Shoes should be of correct manufacture and may not be of obvious US Issue.
  • CS Haversacks of documented order are required.
  • CS Canteens of documented order are required.
  • Blankets and clothing should be of CS or Civilian procurement. Carpets and horse blankets and heavy wool trade-weight blankets are encouraged for this impression, to be used as wraps and ponchos.
  • Knapsacks are discouraged for this event but may be accepted in very limited numbers. Bedrolls, Tumpline Rolls, Hobo Rolls, Carpet Bags and Valises rigged to be attached and carried on your person - are strongly suggested.

ARMS

  • Smoothbore Muskets of Common Manufacture or Common Conversions
  • 19th or near 19th Century Flintlock Muskets
  • Southern Manufactured three-band Percussion Rifles (US Arsenal Copies)
  • Mississippi Rifles
  • US Period-Contemporary Percussion Rifles
  • Austrian Lorenz Rifles
CONFEDERATE UNIFORM GUIDELINES - 4th Mississippi Infantry