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Date Posted: 22:06:58 02/08/07 Thu
Author: Doug Cooper
Subject: Re: Confederate Uniforms
In reply to: Fred Baker 's message, "Re: Confederate Uniforms" on 17:58:45 02/08/07 Thu

The 15th Texas was one of the units issued captured accouterments, canteens and knapsacks 2 days after Pleansant Hill, just before they headed back south in pursuit of Banks.

Truth is, there is absolutely no concrete info on what the 15th Texas was wearing - there are no CSR's, letter descriptions etc, and I have read everything that has come to light on this unit.

That being said, we need to start somewhere, so the guidelines represent a best guess of what Mouton's (then Polignac's) Division was wearing on this campaign. The website guidelines detail the possibilities. In 2004 at the Mansfield March, the preponderance of uniform types looked like this (in order):

Penitentiary jackets of undyed cotton jeans and some of drab, tan or brownish wool jean

Civilian sack coats

federal sack coats

Tait and Houston Depot blue gray kersey jackets

Homespun Frocks

Personally, I am wearing an Appler jacket.

Does not mean we were exactly correct of course, but we looked great. For additional info on Texas and Louisiana jackets, go here: http://members.lycos.co.uk/lazyjacks/article.htm and check out the Trans-Mississippi uniform articles, and here: http://www.nsalliance.org/uniforms/texaslouisianajackets.pdf and here: http://www.nsalliance.org/uniforms/louisiana.htm

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