The enlisted men were issued white cotton shirts, white cotton drawers, cotton or wool socks, sky blue wool pants, a navy blue 4 button wool sack coat or in some cases a 9 button navy blue wool frock coat with sky blue piping. Foot wear was the leather brogan. Head gear consisted of a navy blue kepi or forage cap also known as a bummer. On rare occasion the tall black Hardee hat may have been issued.
Black tarred haversacks along with a canteen, canteen covers varied in color.
The Non Commissioned officer would also be dressed the same as his white counterpart.
USCT regiments were commanded by white officers. There was nothing about their dress to distinguish them from officers of any other regiment.
Weapons and accouterments would also be the same as any other regiment. Springfield rifles with 1855 style leather gear until late war when the 1864 style leather would be seen, but not exclusively in the field.
Some Black regiments were raised late in the war and would be equipped (we surmise) similarly to their white counter part with the time and the area dictating the type of uniform.
With so many variables many re-enacters use a very generic confederate uniform. Early war eastern theater uses grey wool with a Richmond style jacket with Army of Tennessee using jean wool and depot style jackets.
Enfield rifles and leather gear of every description. For re-enacting purposes standard union leather gear works just fine.
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AFRICAN AMERICAN PHOTGRAPHS1840--1950
IDENTIFICATION, RESEARCH, CARE AND COLLECTING by Ross J. Kelbaugh
This book is of interest to anyone who claims to be a historian of any degree. Although the main purpose of this book is to help collectors of African American photographs it serves a much broader use. Over a third of this book is dedicated to photos that are of pre and or civil war era! It includes soldiers, sailors, craftsmen and of course slave photos but what I find most amazing are the fantastic photos of the wealthy free men and women of color.
Not only were African Americans the subject of these photos but they were sometimes the photographers as well.
So often our modern culture tries to pigeon hole everyone of the 19th century who was not Caucasian as servants, slaves or laborers. How wonderful it is to see a little of the true nature of the era, even when it is just a small glimpse.
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