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JamesT

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I am not a reenactor but I really enjoy and appreciate having historically accurate gear. One of my ancestors was in the 21st VA Cavalry in 63 and on so I am looking for correct gear for that area of SW VA. I have a Cook and Bros. musketsoon and a .36 Colt Navy. I would like to gather a belt and cartridge box, buckle, cap pouch, holster and anything related to the the rifle and pistol. Can you folks recommend quality gear that is absolutely period correct?
 

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Union gear would be completely authentic. Captured, battlefield pickup or issued from prewar stores in state armories. You can find a lot of examples of original equipment online without much work. I suggest a little research, your area is Virginia and the year is 63, equipage changed with the year and area. A lot of the better sutlers have good descriptions of their wares too. Beware of the overuse of "CSA" on equipment. BTW a lot of Cavalry wore brogans and few had the boots Hollywood has them all wearing. Union dress code called for the trousers to be worn outside the boot. Carriers for spare cylinders are not authentic.

https://www.jarnaginco.com/confedcatframe.html
https://www.3rdusreenactors.com/home/reenacting/sutlers/
https://regtqm.com/home/
https://fcsutler.com/
 

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Union gear would be completely authentic. Captured, battlefield pickup or issued from prewar stores in state armories. You can find a lot of examples of original equipment online without much work. I suggest a little research, your area is Virginia and the year is 63, equipage changed with the year and area. A lot of the better sutlers have good descriptions of their wares too. Beware of the overuse of "CSA" on equipment. BTW a lot of Cavalry wore brogans and few had the boots Hollywood has them all wearing. Union dress code called for the trousers to be worn outside the boot. Carriers for spare cylinders are not authentic.

https://www.jarnaginco.com/confedcatframe.html
https://www.3rdusreenactors.com/home/reenacting/sutlers/
https://regtqm.com/home/
https://fcsutler.com/
Thanks for the links. Thats what I'm looking for! Some really nice leather. What type of cartridge box would have been used? A carbine box with ammunition for the rifle and pistol together or two seperate boxes?
 

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Both North and South had pistol cartridge boxes but I'm not sure of how much use they saw. Reloading on horseback during a skirmish didn't happen often if at all. I do know pistol ammo was carried in the saddlebags. Cavalry did fight dismounted to support infantry but that would have been with their carbines and it's unlikely they ever let the enemy get close enough to use their revolvers. With horses nearby and no bayonets it would have been prudent to withdraw.
 

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Union gear would be completely authentic. Captured, battlefield pickup or issued from prewar stores in state armories. You can find a lot of examples of original equipment online without much work. I suggest a little research, your area is Virginia and the year is 63, equipage changed with the year and area. A lot of the better sutlers have good descriptions of their wares too. Beware of the overuse of "CSA" on equipment. BTW a lot of Cavalry wore brogans and few had the boots Hollywood has them all wearing. Union dress code called for the trousers to be worn outside the boot. Carriers for spare cylinders are not authentic.

C&D Jarnagin Catalog in "Frames" mode
Third U.S. Regular Infantry Reenactors - Sutlers
The Regimental Quartermaster - Home
https://fcsutler.com/
I just bought a spare cylinder pouch. But it doesn't have the little leather wings under the outside flap that is supposed to keep it waterproof. I bought it from Dixie Gun Works too?
 

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Confederate horse soldiers often tried to carry more than one revolver, for 'New York' reloads. Shotguns were also favored in the hit and run tactics, taking the fight to the enemy. Your Cook & Brother carbine and Colt revolver are a great start. Good luck and history, Geo.
 

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There were 12 bore side by side shotguns marketed years ago with interchangeable 14" and 28" barrels. Were they aimed at the reenacting market?
 

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There were 12 bore side by side shotguns marketed years ago with interchangeable 14" and 28" barrels. Were they aimed at the reenacting market?
I once owned a Terry's Texas Ranger's 12 guage double with 14" barrels and it was a hoot to shoot. It was a very close range set up, and you would almost have to look the enemy in the eye to hit him. I still would not have wanted to be on the business end of it. I believe the copy I had was marketed by Navy Arms Co. I did not have 28" barrels for it, but that would have been a wonderful addition; much more practical for hunting. As I recall, in modern times Gen. Schwartzkopf kept a double barrel shotgun by his bunk in the Gulf war, along with an old Book. Good things just keep on giving.
 

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