Confederate Equipment

The proposed standard equipment for the Confederate trooper was essentially the same as his Union foe. However, supply difficulties usually meant that the equipment carried was widely different in materials if not in design. Often the regulations were met from captured Federal supplies. Leather was more usually natural brown than black, black dyes being in short supply in the South. The cartridge pouch would probably have 'CS' or 'CSA' stamped in the leather rather than as a separate plate, and the cap pouch might well be treated the same way. Cartridge boxes, cap boxes and belts were also frequently made from prepared cotton cloth, with three or four thicknesses stitched together to save on leather. Buckles were the same as for the Infantry.

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