The Lamar Rifles


Equipment


A. REQUIRED UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT



1. MUSKET
You may purchase any of the following muskets or rifle-musket types:

Smoothbore
M1816/22 Springfield conversion musket, Cal .69
M1842 Springfield musket, Cal .69

Rifled
P1853 British Enfield 3-band rifle-musket, Cal .577
M1861 Springfield rifle-musket, Cal .58
1854 Austrian Lorenz rifle-musket, Cal .54 or .58
M1861 Richmond rifle-musket, Cal. 58

m1842 Springfield Musket
1842 Springfield Musket
m1816 Springfield Conversion Musket
1816 Springfield Conversion Musket
m1861 Springfield Rifle-Musket
1861 Springfield Rifle-Musket
p1853 British Enfield Rifle-Musket
1853 British Enfield Rifle-Musket

This is the single most costly item that you will purchase. We recommend that you shop around with care before making this hefty investment. Talk with the company staff before making the final purchase. It is recommended that you get your reproduction weapon "defarbed" if at all possible. Original 1816 muskets and 1842 muskets are usually available at Civil War shows for reasonable prices.

Recommended Vendors:
Company Quartermaster (Defarbed Enfields)
John Zimmerman (Defarbed Guns )
James River Armory (Defarbed Guns)
Fall Creek Sutlery
Regimental Quartermaster
C & D Jarnagin




2. BAYONET and SCABBARD
You will need a reproduction or original bayonet appropriate for the musket you choose to purchase, along with the correct pattern black leather bayonet scabbard. Scabbards for the Springfield bayonet should be either the 2 rivet or sewn only pattern, but the 7 rivet pattern is acceptable. Either Federal or Confederate versions are acceptable. Scabbards for the 1816 and 1842 Springfield bayonets used the sewn only or 2 rivet patterns.



Recommended Vendors:

Bayonets: The same place you purchased your musket or at Civil War shows. Some may need to be "fitted" to your musket.

Scabbards: C & D Jarnagin
Missouri Boot & Shoe
Dell's Leatherworks
Trans-Mississippi Depot Co
L.D. Laning & Co.
m1842 Springfield Bayonet and Scabbard
1842 Springfield Bayonet and Scabbard
m1816 Springfield Bayonet
1816 Springfield Bayonet
p1853 Enfield Bayonet and Scabbard
1853 British Enfield Bayonet and Scabbard



3. CAP POUCH
Black U.S. M1850 cap pouches are recommended, but any early or mid-war Federal or Confederate patterns are acceptable. It should have wool inside and a loop to hold the nipple pick. Enfield cap pouches are also acceptable.



Recommended Vendors:
C & D Jarnagin
Missouri Boot & Shoe
Dell's Leatherworks
Trans-Mississippi Depot Co
L.D. Laning & Co.

Cap Pouches
Shield Front and M1850 US Cap Pouches




4. WAIST BELT
M1856 black 2-inch waist belt with the following buckle types: Georgia frame buckle, Mississippi State buckle (oval or rectangular), U.S. buckle, or a forked tongue buckle. Or you may use a civilian roller buckle belt of a correct pattern. No CS or CSA buckles!!!

Recommended Vendors
:
C & D Jarnagin
Dell's Leatherworks
Trans-Mississippi Depot Co
L.D. Laning & Co.
Carter & Jasper Mercantile



Georgia Frame Belt

Georgia Frame Buckle and Belt
US M1856 Waist Belt
US M1856 Waist Belt with Puppy Paw Plate




5. CARTRIDGE BOX and SLING
For an 1816 or 1842 musket, a pattern of 1839 or pattern of 1861 (69 cal round ball) cartridge box is recommended, or a 69 cal. Confederate cartridge box. For an Enfield, 1861 Springfield, or 1861 Richmond rifle-musket; a pattern of 1857 (58 cal) or pattern of 1861 (58 cal) cartridge box is recommended, or an appropriate Confederate 58 cal cartridge box. 69 caliber cartridge boxes are also acceptable for use with a 58 caliber weapon. Every cartridge box should have tins. A black sling can either be waxed or bridle leather, or black "tarred" linen. Enfield cartridges boxes are also acceptable.


Recommended Vendors:
C & D Jarnagin
Missouri Boot & Shoe
Dell's Leatherworks
Trans-Mississippi Depot Co
Fall Creek Sutlery

1839 Cartridge Box
1839 Cartridge Box (69 Cal)
1857 Cartridge Box
1857 Cartridge Box (58 Cal)



6. HAVERSACK
A U.S. issue black tarred, early or mid-war pattern haversack is acceptable, as are Federal canvas contract haversacks or any Confederate pattern haversacks.



Recommended Vendors:
C & D Jarnagin
CJ Daley
Haversack Depot
Dell's Leatherworks
W, W & Company
Trans-Mississippi Depot Co


Confederate Haversack
Confederate Haversack

US Tarred Haversack
US Tarred Haversack

Contract Haversack
Contract Haversack




7. CANTEEN
Choose one of the following styles of canteens:
U.S. M1858 smoothside
C.S. Tin drum with plain front face
C.S. Wooden canteen
Covers for U.S. issue canteens may be Dark Blue/Sky Blue/Tan/Gray wool or jean cloth. Tin canteens are preferred but stainless steel are also acceptable.


Recommended Vendors:
C & D Jarnagin
Orchard Hill Sutlery
Trans-Mississippi Depot Co
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
S&S Sutler of Gettysburg
Otter Creek Tinware

Confederate Tin Drum Canteen
CS Tin Drum Canteen

US M1858 Canteen
US M1858 Canteen




8. SHOES
U.S. issue M1851 Jefferson brogans (Black) with heel plates. Black Confederate issued brogans are also acceptable. Brogans do not come with heel plates and you will have to tell the supplier that you would like plates installed. Either pegged or sewn soles are acceptable.
No boots or brown/tan brogans!!!

Recommended Vendors:
Mattimore Harness
Missouri Boot & Shoe
C & D Jarnagin
Robert Land Footwear

 

US Pegged Sole Brogans
US Pegged Sole Brogans





9. SOCKS
Socks must be of a period style in either wool or cotton. Wool is more comfortable and will last you longer.

Recommended Vendors:
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
S&S Sutler of Gettysburg
Orchard Hill Sutlery
W, W & Company

 

Hand Knit Wool Socks
Hand Knit Wool Socks

 

Cotton Socks
Cotton Socks




10. HATS
Civilian pattern felt slouch hats in a period style and color. Common colors were black, brown, or tan. It should have a ribbon around the bottom of the crown, and a also around the edge of the brim. Most hats have a lining in the crown. No brass letters, numbers, or branch of service cords!!! Straw hats are allowed, but please check with the captain before you purchase one!


 


Recommended Vendors
:
Tim Bender Hats
Clearwater Hats
Dirty Billy Hats

 

Civilian Bowler Style Hat
Civilian Flat Top Bowler Style Hat

 

US Issue Hardee Hat
US Issued "Hardee" Hat




11. SHIRT
Period military or civilian pattern shirt with collar. It must be of correct style and color/pattern, with glass, mother of pearl, bone or pewter buttons. Plaid, checked or striped cotton shirts, along with natural color cotton or osnaburg shirts are preferred. Wool military issued shirts are also acceptable. Printed or calico cloth was usually reserved for women's dresses and was very rarely seen in the army, and those types of shirts are therefore discouraged! No white shirts please!!!



Recommended Vendors
:
County Cloth (patterns)
W, W & Company
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
Corner Clothiers
Skillet Licker
CJ Daley

Cotton Civilian Shirt
Cotton Civilian Pattern Shirt

Wool US Issue Shirt
Wool US Issue Shirt





12. JACKET
Richmond Depot Type II Shell Jacket with Mississippi State infantry buttons. Your jacket should have shoulder and waist straps, but no branch of service trim or piping. The jacket can be made from wool, jean wool, kersey or satinette, and should be lined with osnaburg or cotton drill. Mississippi buttons must be purchased separately. Recommended colors are: Quartermaster Shop - Dark Richmond Gray; or from County Cloth - Color K3.

Recommended Vendors:
County Cloth
The Quartermaster Shop
W, W & Company
C & D Jarnagin (Mississippi State buttons)

 

Richmond Depot II Jacket
Richmond Depot II Jacket





13. TROUSERS
The following style trousers are acceptable:
C.S. Richmond Depot Foot Trousers (wool or jean wool)
C.S. Foot Trousers (wool or jean wool)
Civilian Trousers (wool, cotton jean or cotton)
Recommended colors: Trousers and jackets issued from the government very rarely matched in color, so any shade of gray or butternut wool or jean cloth is acceptable. Civilian style trousers should be of a correct pattern and colors. No Federal sky-blue/dark blue kersey trousers!!!

Recommended Vendors:
County Cloth
W, W & Company
Skillet Licker
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
The Quartermaster Shop

 

Confederate Trousers
Confederate Jean Wool Trousers





14. SUSPENDERS (BRACES)
Linen or cotton tape suspenders with optional leather ends.

Recommended Vendors:
CJ Daley
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
Trans-Mississippi Depot Co
Corner Clothiers
Regimental Quartermaster
Skillet Licker

Suspenders

Suspenders




15. PONCHO, GUM BLANKET or PAINTED GROUNDCLOTH
Federal issue black rubber poncho and/or gum blanket, or a period correct painted groundcloth.


 

Recommended Vendors:
C & D Jarnagin (Poncho or gum blanket)
Carter & Jasper Mercantile (Gum blanket)
Trans-Mississippi Depot Co
Dell's Leatherworks (Painted groundcloth)

Gum Blanket
US Issue Gum Blanket



16. BLANKET
Period pattern military issue wool blanket, period pattern cotton or wool civilian blanket, or period correct pattern quilt.




Recommended Vendors
:
Carter & Jasper Mercantile

County Cloth
C & D Jarnagin (Keagy-Noble blanket)
Regimental Quartermaster

 

Confederate Blanket
Confederate Wool Blanket

 

US Issue Wool Blanket
US Issue Wool Blanket




17. MESS UTENSILS
You will need some kind of eating utensils if you plan to eat with something other than your hat and fingers! In practice, each soldier carries a tin plate or canteen half, a tin cup or boiler, and a period fork, knife, and spoon.



Recommended Vendors:
C & D Jarnagin
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Otter Creek Tinware

Mess Utensils
Boiler, Tin Cup, Canteen Half and Utensils



18. EYE GLASSES
If you normally wear glasses, you will need to purchase some authentic period frames and have prescription lenses made for them. Another option is to wear contact lenses.

 


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