“Receding Tide” 18th Mississippi Uniform Guidelines

The appearance of the average Confederate soldier after Gettysburg varied greatly throughout Lee’s Army. Even before the battle, accounts from civilians and soldiers alike attest to the shabbiness of some soldiers, while accounts of other units indicate excellent uniformity and the good condition thereof. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case for the 18th Mississippi. Arthur Fremantle noted that the men were not affected by the rain and mud, and one Private Dinkins wrote on the extreme shabbiness of his clothing.
Just before Gettysburg, Barksdale’s Brigade had access to captured Yankee clothing and equipment, and were reissued with fresh ordnance stores. We also know that by this point the Confederate Depot system was in full swing, with Richmond supplying the majority of Lee’s army. This tells us that the 18th Mississippi, while perhaps somewhat shabby in appearance, would have been well prepared and clothed for the Gettysburg campaign.

 

All gear is listed in order of preference. These men had been on campaign since the middle of June, during which time they traveled several hundred miles and fought a major battle. Uniforms and equipment in somewhat worn condition are highly encouraged if available, but don’t go overboard with it. All gear is to be made of correct period materials and construction.

 

Headwear:
  • Preferred: Civilian slouch or CS issue hats
  • Accepted: Richmond Depot caps in jeans cloth
Jacket:
       One jacket survives from the 21st Mississippi
  • Preferred: RDII in jeans (group buy available!)
  • Accepted: Nondescript jeans jacket
  • Reluctantly Accepted: Civilian sack coat or EAC as a last resort
Shirt:
  • Preferred: CS issue - everyone should have one
  • Accepted: Civilian & US issue
Trousers:
  • Preferred: CS issue in grays or tans
  • Accepted: Civilian & US issue
Drawers:
  • Preferred: CS issue - everyone should have a pair
  • Accepted: Civilian & US issue
Socks:
  • Accepted: CS issue, Civilian, & US issue
Footwear:
  • Preferred: CS issue or imported British
  • Accepted: Civilian shoes or boots (US captured)
Haversack:
  • Accepted: CS issue of cotton or painted varieties or US captured
Canteen:
  • Preferred: CS issue tin or wood
  • Accepted: US 1858 or 1862 styles
Knapsack:
  • Preferred: CS single bag (Kibbler or Pritchard) or British import
  • Accepted: Captured US
  • Unacceptable: militia hardpacks
  • If you do not have an authentic knapsack, a blanket roll is acceptable
Arms:
  • 1853 Enfield
  • 1855/61 Springfield
  • Altered muskets / 1842 Springfield
Please bring a bayonet for your weapon!

 

Blanket: in order of preference
  • Preferred: CS issue
  • Accepted: civilian coverlets and carpets
  • Reluctantly Accepted: captured US
Belt:
  • Preferred: Roller buckles, Georgia frames, imported snakes, CS manufactured, MS state frame buckles
  • Accepted: captured US “puppy paw”, wishbone frame
Cap Pouch / Cartridge Box
  • Preferred: Richmond Depot or imported accouterments
  • Accepted: Generic CS ID’d accouterments, captured US accouterments
  • Unacceptable: tarred/oil cloth or US 1864 accouterments