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Posted By: Ken Dombroski on: 06/19/2002 01:24:41 CDT|
Subject: RE: Uniform Guidelines
When I was in an artillery battery, I developed a similar list of uniform and personal equipment needed for new reenactors based on immediate, mid-term, and optional items, and then added my two cents worth on recommended sutlers. Since then I've modified it for our signalmen.
We out here in California have a relativley limited number of sutlers at our events with varying degrees of quality goods. I tend to recommend some of the bigger outfits back east because I've had good service with them and their gear is good mainstream reenactor quality.
I offer this list as an example. Depending on the location of the reenacting signal unit, the time period portrayed, and affiliated unit (inf, arty, cav), your needs and requirements may differ, as well as your recommended sutlers.
SIGNAL CORPS DETACHMENT
We recommend you purchase the below listed items within the first six months of joining the unit. Before buying from any manufacturer or sutler not on the recommended list, check with the Signal Sergeant. Some suppliers offer some uniform and equipment parts that are just not up to our standards. We highly recommend that you buy a complete basic issue before getting fancy and buying non-essential items such as pistols, sabers, Hardee hats, boots, etc.
BASIC ISSUE ITEMS:
PHASE I items needed before you can participate in a reenactment:
US Model 1858 or 1861 Forage Cap, dark blue
PHASE II items needed within six months:
US Model 1856 Waistbelt (black leather) with US Oval Belt Plate
US Overcoat, Mounted Pattern, sky blue
US Shell jacket, 9 to 12 button, untrimmed, dark blue
NOTE ON FIREARMS AND SABERS:
While sabers, pistols, rifles, and carbines usually were issued to signalmen during the Civil War, normally, signalmen will not be using weapons during reenactments. Check with the Signal Sergeant before buying any weapons
LIST OF RECOMMENDED SUTLERS:
C & D JARNAGIN Company
COMMENTS: Jarnagin makes a lot of their products and provides good quality for the money, but you may have to wait awhile for your order. Most of the items on the basic and recommended lists are carried by Jarnagin. The Quartermaster Shop makes only uniforms, but they usually have most sizes in stock and provide very good quality uniforms for the money. Fall Creek quality is fairly good and they carry most of the items on the basic and recommended lists including Quartermaster Shop uniforms.
RECOMMENDATION: The best uniforms and gear are handmade by craftsmen, but the cost may be prohibitive for folks new to the hobby. Start with Jarnagin for uniforms, haversacks, knapsacks, brogans, leather items, and tents. Fall Creek for the rest of the items. Forage caps are a problem - the best are made by small shops. Jarnagin and Quartermaster shop make passable caps, but talk with the Signal Sergeant before buying a cap from sutlers at events - many are inferior quality designed for the tourists.