WHAT YOU NEED
The most important piece of gear you buy will be your canteen. This is the only source of water to you while on the field. Wearing wool uniforms, especially in the summer heat, is imperative that you stay hydrated. You will NOT be allowed to participate out in the field if you do not have a canteen. Confederates wore a wide variety of canteens. For our group, most period canteens are acceptable. Canteens such as a Confederate wooden drum canteen, Union “smoothside”, or Confederate tin canteen are all acceptable.
BELT, BELT PLATE, CAP BOX, AND CARTRIDGE BOX
You will need:
• BLACK LEATHER WAIST BELT
• MARYLAND STATE SEAL BELT PLATE (EITHER OVAL OR RECTANGLE)
• BLACK LEATHER CAP BOX
• BLACK LEATHER CARTRIDGE BOX (PREFERABLY .58 CAL)
• BLACK LEATHER SHOULDER SLING FOR CARTRIDGE BOX (OPTIONAL)
• MARYLAND STATE SEAL CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE (OPTIONAL)
***PLEASE BUY QUALITY AND RESEARCHED LEATHER ITEMS
BAYONET AND SCABBARD
The bayonet and scabbard are covered in the RIFLE SECTION.
The Haversack is a bag with attached sling that goes across your shoulder. It carries your food rations, personal affects, and toiletries. There are several types of haversacks. The Confederate “Richmond Depot” version is preferred but the union “tarred” haversack, the Confederate linen/or muslin haversack, plain canvas haversack, and Carpet bag haversack are all acceptable. You will also need a "period correct” tin cup. The cup usually attaches to haversack or knapsack.
KNAPSACK AND BLANKET ROLLS
The knapsack is not a mandatory item as some soldiers preferred to use a simple blanket roll, but it is documented many Marylanders preferred to carry a knapsack throughout the war . Acceptable knapsacks range from a pre-war style wood frame pack, Kibler pack, Issac & Campbell, or a Union double pouch soft pack.
BLANKETS, PONCHOS, AND TENTS
You will need at least one period wool blanket. A period correct Federal blanket is “preferred”. Ponchos or Rubberized “gum” Blankets are not necessary but come in handy as a ground cloth for your tent. Ponchos, of course, offer protection from the rain. Tents are optional. If you get a tent, they need to be period correct and made of white canvas. The only tent authorized is a shelter half or button two shelter halves together to make a dog tent. Use of one shelter half is nicknamed a “sha-bang".
Above represented is a (Left to right) Union “smoothside” canteen, Confederate tin canteen, and a two Gardiner pattern wooden canteens (the wood canteen on left is a average sutler row canteen and the wood canteen on right is a high quality wood canteen).