Confederate Cavalry Artifacts

No soldier of the war caught more of the dash and the flair of the era than the cavalryman, and especially the Confederate trooper, whose exploits were celebrated in both song and legend. He became the beau sabreur, the knightly paladin riding through the smoke of battle in daring raids against hopeless odds, to defend his country, home, hearth and honor. Indeed, at the beginning of the conflict, the Confederate cavalry was considerably superior to its

Union counterpart, primarily due to the Rebels' day-to-day familiarity with weapons, horses, and terrain. As with the Union cavalry, the branch designation color was yellow, as can be seen on the shell jacket (8) in the center of the photo. As with the Confederate infantry, much of the cavalry's equipment was captured from the other side, such Union material shown here including the Sharps carbine (6), the Remington revolver (15), and Model 1840 cavalry saber (12).

1859 Sharps Cavalry Carbine

1

Confederate battleflag

with scabbard

2

Slouch hat with star insignia

13

Pair of field glasses

3

Reins and bit

14

Saddlebags

4

Model 1859 McClellan saddle

15

Remington New Army revolver

5

Girth

complete with holster and percussion

6

Model 1859 Sharps carbine

caps

7

Haversack

16

Pouch for percussion caps

8

Shell jacket9 Canteen

17

Captured Federal officer's sword-

10

Gauntlets

belt

11

Carbine cartridge box

18

Pair of spurs

12

Model 1849 cavalry saber, complete

19

A pair of leather high riding boots

Cavalry Gauntlets
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