Sayler's Creek Impression Guidelines
- Federal Issue 4-button blouse. A good
quality fatigue blouse, preferably lined. Blouse may be
of arsenal pattern (Schuykill Arsenal) or of documented
contractor (J.T. Martin) pattern. Private purchase
blouses also acceptable.
- Federal Issue dress coat Good quality
fock. Limited use as there is documentation that dress
coats were boxed up prior to the Campaign along with
- Federal Issue kersey trowsers. Good
quality trowsers of either arsenal (Schuykill Arsenal) or
contractor (J.T. Martin, Deering) pattern. Civilian
Limited use and of documented civilian pattern. No CS
- Federal Issue Forage Cap Good quality
forage cap of issue or private purchase pattern. Kepis to
a limited extent.
- Federal Issue Dress Hat Good quality issue
Dress hat. They can show some wear, but battered hats are
discouraged. New condition hats are fine (this is a good
chance to "break in" that new hat!)
- Civilian pattern hat. Documented civilian
pattern quality hat.
- Corps Badges. The 20th Indiana was
originally part of the III Corps (1st Division Red
Diamond) prior to it's consolidation in March of 1864
with the old II Corps. The men of the III Corps were
allowed to retain their old badges and were required to
also have their new Corps badges also. The 20th was
reorganized into the 3rd Division, 1st Brigade of the
Consolidated II/III Corps (Blue Trefoil)
- HOWEVER: Once coming into the main battler
event at Hillsman House and Sayler's Creek proper, II
& III AC badges will have to be removed as VI AC was
in this fight. Having a "quick fix" VI AC badge
is encouraged and whatever means of attachment for the
II/III badges needs to be easily removed.
- Hat trimmings. No infantry bugles,
regimental numbers, hat cords, or other devices.
- Issue shirt. Quality issue US domet
flannel or contractor variant.
- Civilian pattern shirt. Quality civilian
- Civilian pattern drawers.
- Civilian stockings. Due to the amount of
marching involved, two pairs of good wool socks are
- Issue pattern great coat. This is an
optional item as there are records indicating that the
overcoats were boxed up and sent to storage prior to the
start of the campaign.
- The Army of the Potomac was coming out of
it's winter quarters and was resupplied prior to the
start of the campaign. The soldiers of the 20th Indiana
were veterans (enlisting in July of 1861) and would have
their kits pared down to the barest of essentials. There
is documentation of soldiers sending excess blankets,
overcoats, and uniform items to the rear for storage (or
sending them home) prior to the start of the campaign
- Uniforms and equipment should be in good
to new condition. Holes should be patched in a proper,
period manner. This is a good opportunity to "break
in" new garments! Hats should also be in good
condition, with the winter months providing the
opportunity to replace a worn out hat by either drawing a
new one or purchasing one from a sutler.
US Issue tarred haversack.
Smoothside canteen. The smoothside canteen is
"Bullseye" canteen. Very limited
useage., if at all.
US Issue pattern Knapsack. Quality "double
bag" variant 1853/1855 knapsack.
Blanket Roll. Blanket rolls also acceptable.
US Issue Blankets.
Civilian pattern blanket.
US issue Shelter Tents.
.58 Cal rifle musket. Springfield pattern 1861,
1863, or 1864 variant or pattern 1853 Enfield.
.69 Cal musket. Highly discouraged!
Cartridge box. US issue cartridge box only.
Pattern of July 1864 or earlier variants, with or without box
plate. Later war patterns preferred. May be worn on the belt or
on the sling.
Waistbelt. US issue waist belt with
Cap box. US issue cap box.
Bayonet scabbard. US issue 7-rivet pattern
(preferred) or 2-rivet pattern.
Equipment should also be in good condition.
Late war issue items are preferred, but quality earlier pattern
items are acceptable.
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