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TKindred Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 9:19 a.m. PST

Another fine article from my comrade regarding white/unbleached wool uniforms in confederate service.


donlowry21 Oct 2017 10:05 a.m. PST

I've notice in the Gettysburg cyclorama several Union soldiers seem to be wearing white trousers.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

Excellent article with lots of footnotes. Someone has done a lot of work on this. Thanks for posting.

Old Wolfman21 Oct 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

Read about one Reb unit at Shiloh that went through that,a Texas unit,I believe.

Jeigheff Inactive Member21 Oct 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing this. I've read the author's older article about "drab" Confederate clothing. I'm glad that he shared some updated info with us.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 12:42 p.m. PST

Yes, the 2nd Texas Infantry wore white wool at Shiloh.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

Excellent work. Thank you.

Cleburne186321 Oct 2017 4:14 p.m. PST

Yes, the 2nd Texas was issued new, undyed wool at Cornith just hours before they march toward Shiloh began. That's as new as you can get. Little time for wear or dirt, other than the mud on the rainy march to the battle.

Sobieski Inactive Member21 Oct 2017 4:15 p.m. PST

Useful info, and at just the right time; I'm painting Dixies at present. Ta.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

Another fascinating article on Confederate uniforms. I had previously read that some Missouri and Arkansas regiments wore "white" uniforms. Now that information is even more verified. So my 1st Missouri Brigade of Bowen's Division will be in white (drab) uniforms.


firstvarty1979 Inactive Member23 Oct 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

My buddy is painting troops uniformed like this for our large-scale games. He used the prior article as sourcing and inspiration. This is fantastic information for reenactors and wargamers!

blwestern09 Nov 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

According to Bavier's book on the Missouri Confederate Brigade: Before the battle of Pea Ridge they were issued uniforms from the Texas penitentiary out of Tyler Tx. The uniforms were made of unbleached and undyed jeans wool. The men complained that when they got wet they smelled of sheep! The Arkansas troops use to baa at them when they passed by.

In Anderson's book on the 1st Missouri Inf. the joke among the men before Shiloh was that their "white" uniforms were their death shrouds!

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