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We have deliberately avoided the
must be purchased from one of the approved vendors" statement in these
standards. We encourage our members to make items themselves, not
just to save costs, but also in order to better understand period
construction techniques and vocations. It is the responsibility
of the group to make sure all items
reflect the very best in quality and researched historical
I. General Standards
All modern anachronisms are
prohibited. If there is something that absolutely must be
such as legal identification, currency, car keys or religious jewelry,
will be completely concealed.
All uniforms, equipment, and tack
be constructed from proper materials using proper techniques and
Any items made from modern materials or cut from a modern (post 1865)
are strictly prohibited.
Equipage will be kept at a
as we most always portray campaign style camping. All equipment
be carried by the persons or horses of the men in the mess. "Less is
Standards specific to individual
are described below.
II. Uniform Standards
A. UNIFORMS will
appropriate for the event or scenario, to include composition and time
of each item. Each member will own or have access to a complete
suitable for a mid war Iron Scout impression.
B. HEADGEAR will vary
largely upon personal preference and the scenario or event we are
portraying. No hat or cap devices, insignia, hat cords, or
"stampede cords" will be worn
on headgear unless it is specifically requested for the impression at a
C. FOOTWEAR will be
of the Jefferson Bootee design with pegged or stitched soles.
cavalry boots are also permitted unless prohibited by the the event or
Footwear may have heel plates, heel rims, or hobnails on them -
III. Equipment Standards
A. CANTEENS exist
various sizes and styles, try to find a common identified type.
be made of tin with a pewter mouthpiece. If covered, it will be
in brown blanket wool, brown jean, or gray jean. The cork will be
affixed with cotton or hemp twines only, not a chain.
B. TENTS will not
be used in campaign impressions, however, the only tent that may be
is the shelter half (one per man). As this is a seldom used item, it is
as high on the list of priorities as other items. In the case of
duty impression, A-tents or other large tents will be permitted.
C. FIREARMS (to include
carbine, shotgun, or pistol) may be purchased from a variety of
but must be “de-farbed." De-farbing is the removal of remove
markings and improper finishes. If the serial number is removed it MUST
relocated to another (less visible) location on the weapon. Any
weapons are welcome, if appropriate for the scenario, but they should
as they would have during the war.
D. CARTRIDGES, whenever
and relevant to the event scenario, will be packaged in standard
packaging. Paper and twine will be of natural fibers giving the
of period construction. Given the difficulties with preparing and
authentic pistol cartridges, members may carry and make use of powder
although they should not normally be displayed.
E. EDGED WEAPONS are
a necessary piece of equipment for most mounted impressions.
were prevalent in the cavalry campaigns of the Army of Northern
and they also saw use in other theaters as well. A wide variety
types are acceptable. Mainly, the 1840 and 1860 reproduction
Another good reproduction for Confederate use is the 1796 British Light
model. All modern markings should be removed. Unless
scenario calls for it, the use of belt knives are strongly discouraged.
folding camp knives are highly recommended.
F. PONCHOS are avoided
in rare late war portrayals. Gum Blankets or Painted Canvas will be
as ground cloth and rain cover as necessary.
G. PERSONAL ITEMS, such
combs, toothbrushes, smoking pipes, razors, soap, towels, etc. shall be
to the discretion of the members.
IV. Horse and Tack Standards
A. HORSES - Each
will own or have access to at least a pair of coconut shells of proper
and variety (obvious Paint or Appaloosa coconuts are strictly
prohibited). Under no circumstance should the shells be taken
from a coconut larger than
could have been carried by an African swallow of the 1860s period.
B. TACK - Most leather
be black, unless in the case of a Jenifer or civilian saddle and
The Jenifer is a preferred early to mid war saddle as they were
at Southern arsenals until 1864 and the McClellan style CS saddle began
to appear in mid-1863. Limited numbers of "battlefield pick-up" Federal
saddles are acceptable and proper civilian saddles are always
encouraged. Buckles should be black iron unless civilian in which case
brass is acceptable. Breast
straps (US or CS), if needed, should be civilian pattern. The use of
canvas in lieu of leather on CS equipment is encouraged, depending on
impression. Carefully select a bit that is not only proper in pattern
construction, but also suited to your mount.
C. OTHER EQUIPMENT - If
use a nose bag (feed bag) it should be of Federal issue. Use care in
spurs (there are a lot of poor reproductions on the market) and only
them if required to control your mount. Items such as brush, hoof pick,
currycomb, forage sack, etc. should be shared with the group
(i.e.: one trooper carries one item) in order to minimize equipment. If
the location of water demands, canvas buckets, while no doubt not
authentic, may be used as long as they are out of sight when not being
used. Wooden buckets are fine
in limited numbers in a garrison impression.
A. ISSUED FOODS
consist of rations as found in regulations and drill manuals. We
bring "issued rations" only when it is not provided by the event
organizers. Quantity of rations will be commensurate with the number of
men in the mess.
B. FORAGED FOODS will
of only produce and meats available in the region we are portraying, at
the time we are portraying. All food will conform to known varieties
at the time.
C. MESS EQUIPMENT will be
for the impression, especially with regard whether the event calls for
campaign or a garrison scenario.