- 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
frock. Limited use as there is documentation that dress
coats were boxed up prior to the Campaign along with
- Federal Issue kersey trousers. 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 Third Corps (1st Division
Red Diamond) prior to it's consolidation in March of 1864
with the old Second Corps. The men of the Third Corps
were allowed to retain their old badges, but were
required to wear their new Corps badges also. The 20th
was reorganized into the 3rd Division, 1st Brigade of the
Consolidated Second/Third Corps (Blue Trefoil)
- HOWEVER: Once coming into the main battle
event at Hillsman House and Sayler's Creek proper, the
Second/Third Corps badge will have to be removed as the
Sixth Corps was the only corps involved in the Hillsman
House battle of Sayler's Creek. Having a "quick
fix" Sixth Corps badge is encouraged and whatever
means of attachment for the Second/Third Corps badge
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 records indicate the overcoats were
boxed up and sent to storage before the start of the
- 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) before the commencement of the
- 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
- "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. Very appropriate.
- Civilian pattern blanket.
- .58 Cal rifle musket. Springfield pattern
1861, 1863, or 1864 variant or pattern 1853 Enfield.
- .69 Cal musket. Highly discouraged!
- 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.
- US issue waist belt with "US"
- US issue 7-rivet pattern (preferred) or
Equipment should also be in good condition.
Late war issue items are preferred, but quality earlier pattern
items are acceptable.
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