UNIFORMS

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WHAT YOU NEED

The 2nd Maryland Infantry Regiment was known for their neat and uniformed appearance. Most people have the misconception that the Confederates were a “rag tag” looking lot.  In reality, the Army of Northern Virginia was better uniformed towards the end of the war than it was at the beginning.  The War Department had more uniforms than soldiers. The 2nd Maryland obtained regular uniform issue through the Commutation system from 1862 to late 1863.  In late 1863, the 2nd Maryland began getting uniform issue through the Richmond Depot system until the end of the war.  The uniform styles issued during their service ranged from the Richmond Depot Type II (RD Type 2) shell jacket, the Richmond Depot Type III (RD Type 3) shell jacket, and the “Tait” Jacket (1864-1865).  Our group, for the sake of uniformity and cohesion for various time periods, requires new members to purchase a RD type 3 shell (8 BUTTON) jacket and trousers made with the English Army wool. RD2 type shell jackets in EAC are also acceptable but RD3 is the preferred. It is common belief that the British Army blue-grey kersey did not get imported to the south until 1864.  This is true for “most” units.  The 2nd Maryland, however, was one of the first units to get issued uniforms made from this wool as early as 1862 per excerpt below from Dan Hartzler’s Maryland book which derived that detail from the original report from 2nd MD Quartermaster, Charles Harding.  There are also supporting evidence as found on the original pay chits and officer’s requisition of clothing in the Commutation system. 

BELOW:: excerpt from Dan Hartzler’s book

 referencing Charles Harding’s official

 quartermaster report.

APPROVED SUTLERS FOR UNIFORM AND KEPI

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    •    BEAUREGARD’S TAILOR (UNIFORMS)

    •    B&B TART  (UNIFORMS)

    •    S&S SUTLER (UNIFORMS AND KEPIS)

    •    DIRTY BILLY’S HATS (KEPIS)

    •    STARBUCK KEPIS (KEPIS)

    •    LUKAS BERG (KEPIS AND SHOES)

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TYPES OF UNIFORMS WORN BY 2ND MARYLAND INFANTRY 1862-1865

MANDATORY UNIFORM FOR COMPANY D

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    •    MARYLAND KEPI

    •    RD TYPE 3 SHELL JACKET (8 button) 

    •    DEPOT TROUSERS (EAC)

    •    TROUSER BRACES 

    •    SHIRT(S) (Depot issue)

    •    SHOES (BROGANS)

    •    SOCKS (PERIOD WOOL OR COTTON)

    •    VEST (OPTIONAL)

    •    OVERCOAT (OPTIONAL)

Richmond Depot Type 2 Shell Jacket 1862-1864

Richmond Depot Type 3 Shell Jacket 1862-1865

Peter Tait Jacket 1864-1865

North Carolina Depot Uniform 1865

“Kane Uniform”

Richmond Depot Trousers (EAC)

With Mule Ear Pockets

Depot Issue Shirts

Greatcoats & Overcoats

Shoes 

(Civilian, English, or Federal Brogans)

Maryland Kepi

Trouser Braces