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7th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, Company K

Basic Authenticity Guidelines


The following are the basic authenticity guidelines for the 7th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, Company K. These guidelines are provided as a reminder for the veterans and as a helping tool for the new recruits.

If you have research that contradicts any information displayed here, please present it to the unit and a change will be made. As new information is being gathered all the time, changes are expected. If you are a veteran and don't see something of yours on this list, do not get upset. You don't need to get rid of it. *One piece of advice to consider*

The best way to be authentic is to be COMMON...don't try to stand out


All items on this list are acceptable. However, they are listed in each category in order of preference. If making a new purchase, please strongly consider the top items in each list.

Weapons

+1853 Enfield Rifle Musket (3-band only)

+1842 Springfield Musket (smoothbore)

+1861 Springfield Rifle Musket (3-band only)

-cloth, leather, or no sling on all rifles

+NO pistols or swords (except officers)

+A knife is allowed, but must be pre-approved by officers and NCO's

Hats

+Slouch hats, civilian hats

-felt, beaver, or straw

+Kepi

-jean wool

Shirt

+3 Button Pullover (Civilian or Military Issue)

-cotton

-white or period print

-wood, bone, glass, or pewter buttons









Jacket

+Columbus Depot (Type I)

-jean wool

-blue (medium or dark) wool trim

-wood, brass "I" (block or script), or Kentucky (muffin style) state buttons

-5 or 6 button front

+Columbus Depot (Type II)

-jean wool

-blue (medium or dark) wool trim

-wood, brass "I" (block or script), or Kentucky (muffin style) state buttons

-6 button front

-left exterior pocket

+Atlanta Depot

-jean wool

-untrimmed

-wood, brass "I" (block or script), or Kentucky (muffin style) state

buttons

-6 button front

+Department of Alabama

-jean wool

-blue (medium or dark) wool trim - COLLAR ONLY

-wood buttons ONLY

-5 button front

+Frock Coat

-jean wool

-NO trim

-wood, brass "I" (block or script), or Kentucky (muffin style) state buttons

Trousers

+Western Theatre Depot Pattern

-jean wool

-pewter, wood, or bone buttons

-canvas, cloth, or ticking suspenders

-side seam OR mule-ear pockets / tie back OR belt back

+Civilian Pattern

-wool or jean wool (correct civilian shade)

-pewter, wood, or bone buttons

-canvas, cloth, or ticking suspenders

-side seam OR mule-ear pockets / tie back OR belt back



Vest (Optional)

+Civilian style only

-wool, cotton, jean wool

-must be a period pattern

-wood, bone, pewter, or any civilian button

Socks

+Wool or Cotton (period make)

Shoes

+Jefferson Bootee Pattern Brogan

-Union or Confederate Style

-pegged or sewn soles

-black

-heel plates and/or hobnails are optional but recommended

+English Import Shoes or Civilian Shoes



Greatcoat (Optional)

+Federal Foot Pattern

-sky blue kersey wool

-federal brass eagle buttons

Cartridge Box

+Military Issue Cartridge Box

-black or brown leather

-no plate on box

-cloth or leather shoulder sling -- no breast plate

-double or single tins









Cap Box

+Military Issue Cap Box

-single or double belt loops

-black or brown leather



Belt

+Civilian Style Belt

-Georgia frame, forked tongue, or period roller buckle (single or double)

-black or brown leather

+Military Issue Waistbelt

-black leather

-US oval, or CSA rectangle buckle



Bayonet and Scabbard

+Enfield or Springfield Bayonet

-Enfield (straight down hanging) or Springfield (angled) scabbard

-Enfield scabbard in black leather only

-Springfield scabbard in black or brown leather



Canteen

+Tin Drum Canteen (no cover)

+Wooden Canteen

+Smoothside or "Bullseye" Canteen (Jean wool cover)

-ALL canteens with a canvas or leather strap



Haversack

+White Cotton or Linen

-button OR buckle flap

+Black Tarred

-buckle flap



Knapsack

+1853 Federal Double Bag Knapsack

+Isaac and Campbell Knapsack

+Single Bag Knapsack (several varieties)

+Hardpack Knapsack





Tent (Optional)

+M1862 Shelter Tent or Half

+M1864 Shelter Tent or Half

-with or without end piece(s)

+6 or 9 Foot A-Frame (for families)



This is the basic uniform and equipment needed to fully participate. There are of course many other items that can be attained. If you have any questions about anything you are considering to purchase, please ask an officer or NCO.

Revised and Compiled from Multiple Sources -- November 15. 2001