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7. Clothing. The uniform and equipage items are presented in approximately the order in which you should acquire them.

Explanation of terms:
  MANDATORY - Required item, no option.
  REQUIRED - Mandatory item with options.
  OPTIONAL, STRONGLY SUGGESTED - To your benefit to obtain.
  OPTIONAL - To be obtained at your discretion

    a. Eyeglasses.Eyeglasses (50KB)

            (1) REQUIRED (if you can't see without glasses)

            (2) Options in order of preference:

           (3) Comments. Wearing modern eyeglasses in a Civil War reenactment or living history program is easily noticeable to the public, and seriously detracts from the authentic image the 10th North Carolina State Troops is trying to portray. If you wear eyeglasses, you have three options:

    b. Footwear.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

        (3) Comments. Federal brogans are preferred because of superior quality and comfort, they are also required for a federal impression.

    c. Trousers.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

        (3) Comments. Captured federal trousers were used when the Rebs could get them. If you plan to do a federal impression you can use the same trousers.

   d. Suspenders.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

    e. Headgear.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

For Confederate Impression:

For Federal Impression:

   f. Shirts.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

   g. Jackets and Coats

        (1) MANDATORY

        (2) Federal Impression. Sack Coat or Shell Jacket.

        (3) Confederate Impression. Army of Northern Virginia pattern Shell Jacket, Medium/Richmond Gray in color, 9 button front.

        These are the variations of the pattern:

Type I: (1862) Piped at the cuff and collar in Artillery Red, belt loops and with or without shoulder epaulets and cuff buttons.
Type II: (1863-64) With or without shoulder epaulets.
Type III: (1864-65) Plain jacket, no piping or epaulets.

    h. Socks.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

        (3) Comments. Homemade woven or knit socks would be the most common southern style, but wear out quickly. Modern ski and hiking socks should be wool or heavy cotton, without colored stripes.

    i. Belts and Buckles.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options include:

Federal.

Confederate.

    j. Individual Weapons. Each officer and NCO is Required to be armed with a period revolver the preferred versions are the 1851 Colt Navy Model or the 1860 Colt Army Model. An artillery sword may be purchased but is not required. Individual cannoneers are not required to have sidearms or artillery carbines, for safety sidearms are not recommended.

   k. Haversacks.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

   l. Canteens.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

    m. Shelter Tent.

        (1) REQUIRED - minimum 1/2 shelter tent.

        (2) Options in order of preference:

    n. Blankets.

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

    o. Mess Gear (Utensils and cup).

        (1) REQUIRED

        (2) Options in order of preference:

   p. Drill Manual. MANDATORY - "Field Artillery Tactics 1864"

   q. Poncho.

        (1) OPTIONAL but strongly suggested.

        (2) Options in order of preference:

   r. Vest.

        (1) OPTIONAL

        (2) Options in order of preference:

    s. Greatcoats or Overcoats.

        (1) OPTIONAL

        (2) Options in order of preference:

   t. Knapsack.

        (1) OPTIONAL

        (2) Options in order of preference:

    u. Lantern.

        (1) OPTIONAL

        (2) Options in order of preference:

   v. Cold Weather Clothing. OPTIONAL - Scarves, gloves, knit caps, etc. (All items should be made of knitted wool).

   w. Underwear (CW period).

        (1) OPTIONAL

        (2) Options in order of preference.

    x. Straw hats. OPTIONAL - Both sides wore straw hats during the summer.

    y. Miscellaneous Comments.

        (1) All leather is to be black.

        (2) Before you purchase anything, please consult with your company commander, the QM SGT of the 26th Regt, or one of the officers. Occasionally, you may find a used item. This could save you money, but all equipment must comply with the requirements outlined above.

        (3) When you equip yourself as an authentic reenactor you are not shopping for fashion. Confederate soldiers did not look like the dashing figures portrayed in some popular media.

        (4) Many new recruits want to know whether it is feasible to make any of their uniforms. Generally not, unless you or someone you know has special knowledge of the techniques used in manufacturing 19th century uniforms. 100% wool of the correct color is also quite expensive and difficult to obtain.

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