Modern Eyeglasses - Certain death to any living
A Crummy Hat - Rolling the brim like a baseball
cap, excess decoration, and/or wearing a cap made in the
form of a shapeless feedbag. Steamed fedoras, limp unfinished
hat-blanks, and anachronistic headgear will not cut the
A Bad Attitude - Being drilled to perfections,
well-read, physically fit, and having a perfect kit is
no excuse for being a prima donna, chronic whiner, stuffed
shirt, or all around jackass. This includes non-period
quips at inappropriate times.
Being Grossly Overweight - Bad for your impression
and bad for your health.
Holding Non-functional Rank - Non-commissioned
officers who cannot or will not do their jobs are just
as bad as commissioned officers without troops.
Wearing Your Traps Around Your Knees - Sure, Jimmy
Page looked cool doing this but he had a guitar.
Cigarettes - Try a pipe, you may like it.
Too Much "Neat Stuff" - Even campaigners
can get the "too much stuff" disease. Keep your
kit simple and lightweight.
The Tailored Look - For most of the war, uniforms
were issued in four sizes, period. How you managed to
make it fit was your problem.
Modern Clothing of Any Kind - Tee shirts, bandannas,
sweat socks, etc. are guaranteed to ruin your impression.
Modern or Excessive Jewelry - Earrings and other
piercings were extremely rare in the 1860s. Wristwatches
Non-Period Foods or Packaging - A "Cheez-It"
box can be spotted from 100 yards in an otherwise authentic