Following the Nashville campaign, the Army of Tennessee retreated into northern Alabama. The Army
regrouped and refitted. Large numbers Alabama depot jackets were issued throughout
the Army of Tennessee. These jackets were worn by the troops until they surrendered
in North Carolina in April of 1865.
Trousers may vary greatly within the unit from
Confederate issue trousers to Captured Federal trousers. During the War soldiers went threw trousers faster than any other
uniform item. Trousers were the most common issue to soldiers. You can purchase trousers for under $100.00 to close to $200.00.
All visible stitching should be hand sewn.
You will be required to obtain a pair of grey jean cloth trousers. Alternatively, you may use Federal Foot trousers, or civilian pattern trousers. We are not looking for a uniform look. Your
jacket and trousers do not have to match.
Next to the Shell Jacket, your hat is the most important part of your Uniform kit.
Confederate soldiers hats varied widely from civilian style slouch hats to kepi or forage caps. Your hat should be constructed of proper materials with brim ribbon.
No Hillbilly hats. Hats vary in price from $25.00 to well over $100.00. As with your shell jacket, the money you spend on your hat is well spent. A good hat purchased from Dirty Billy or a similar vendor, will cost a lot but it will hold up for many
Early War May 1861 to Spring 1862 Early war troops were issued kepis. These caps were quickly
discarded for civilian slouch hats which were more comfortable and functional.
Mid War Spring of 1862 to Fall of 1863 The standard hat of all soldiers in the Army of Tennessee was
a civilian style slouch hat. You will be required to purchase a civilian style
slouch hat. The style is your choice as long as it is an appropriate period design. You may also opt for a kepi.
Late War Fall of 1863 to End of War For late war impressions, the same hat used for the mid war impression are appropriate.
We recommend you purchase a Civilian Style Slouch Hat. It is the most appropriate hat for the mid-war impression. Before
purchasing a kepi or a forage cap, please contact a member of the authenticity committee.
There are many vendors who sell replicas of these styles, but few vendors who make an accurate reproduction
The Shirt style varies greatly.
Most soldiers in the Army of Tennessee wore civilian style shirts. Shirts
can vary in price from $20.00 to $100.00.
the 19th Century trousers were worn across the belly button area. Men
did not wear belts to hold their pants up. Instead they wore braces. Braces can be purchased from most of the sutlers for under $20.00.
Shoes are one of your most important purchases. A good pair of shoes is
a a soldier’s best friend. Alternatively a poorly made pair of shoes will
hurt your feet, and fall apart in no time.
most military shoes were made with lefts and rights. The soles were pegged or sewn using hand and machine stitching. Smoothness
or roughness on the outside of the Brogan is optional. Shoe laces either string or raw-hide. You can also cut down your Brogans
to a lower point for comfort just like a lot of the soldiers did.
Socks: Socks must
be period pattern cotton of wool. No modern socks should be worn. They may be purchased from various sutlers.
men of the Yell Rifles wore a variety of belts. Roller buckle, Georgia
frame buckle, fork tongue buckle or snake buckle belts are preferred. Captured
Federal Oval plates are also appropriate. Oval CS should not be widely used within
the unit. The Belt can be either black or russet color.
Cartridge Box and Shoulder Strap The men of the Yell Rifles carried a variety of Cartridge Boxes.
For a mid war impression you should stick with a Model 1855 .58 caliber cartridge box.
You may use a Confederate Cartridge Box with a CS box plate or a Federal box with a US
box plate. A CS Cartridge may be black or russet. If you carry an Enfield, you may opt for an Enfield Cartridge
Box. Avoid Embossed US or CS Cartridge Boxes.
These boxes were not used until late in the war. The shoulder strap should
match the box. Your Cartridge box is worn on your right hip. The box is worn under your belt with the top of the box be even with your belt.
Cap Box The cap box may be either russet of black. Avoid embossed cap boxes because they were not used until late in the war.
Canteens Confederate Soldiers carried various types of
canteens throughout the war. Your Canteen is worn on your left hip. The canteen should hang at about belt level. Your canteen
should not hang down too low.
Early War May 1861 to Spring 1862 Confederate tin drum
canteens wooden canteens or Federal Model 1858 smooth side canteens are appropriate.
All early war model canteens are also appropriate for mid or late war impressions.
Mid War Spring 1862 to Fall 1863 Federal Model 1858 smooth
side Model 1862 Bulls eye Canteens are appropriate. For Confederate impressions
no cover with leather straps was very common.
Late War Fall
1863 to End of War For late war impressions, any early war of mid war
Haversacks Confederate soldiers carried a wide variety of haversacks throughout the war. You can carry a Federal Tarred Haversack, Confederate Issue linen or cotton Haversacks. Homemade bed ticking or carpet haversacks are also appropriate. The Haversack should be worn on your left hip. The top of
the haversack should be even with your belt (Remember your belt is even with your belly button).
Blanket: Confederate soldiers in the Army of Tennessee used a variety of blankets. Common blankets include the Issue Wool blankets, captured US Issued Blanket, Civilian Wool Blankets
and Home made quilts. A blanket is an important purchase. Reproduction blankets can be purchased from various vendors for a reasonable price.
Gum Blankets (Ground Cloths): Soldiers often carried rubber blankets or tarred ground cloths. Such an item was great pleasure to a soldier. It was used
as a ground cloth to keep him dry, or as a poncho in rainy weather. A good quality
reproduction ground cloth can be purchased from various sutlers for under $50.00.
Shelter halves: While on campaign, soldiers did not carry tents.
A luck soldier possessed a shelter half. When the army stopped for the
night, two men could attach their shelter halves together and create a dog tent. The
men could also string the shelter halves together or individually hang the shelter halves in the trees to create a shebang. Every member of the unit should obtain a shelter half.
The shelter half should be made of Cotton drill and not canvas. The cotton
drill is much thinner and easier to carry in your blanket roll or knapsack. The
grommets should be sewn and not brass. Shelter halves may be purchased from the
Firearms: Our primary impression is mid war. During the mid war period
the 1/15th Arkansas
was armed with Enfield rifles and Springfield
rifles. You should purchase an 1853 Enfield
rifled musket or a 1861 or 1862 Springfield rifled musket.
Bayonet and Scabbard. Once you purchase your musket get a bayonet and scabbard. Before you purchase it make sure it matches your musket and that it fits. Bayonets are unique and sometimes require some work to get them to fit.
If possible purchase your bayonet in person to assure proper fit.
Tin Ware. Purchase a tin cup and a mucket. The cup’s use is obvious. The mucket is used for boiling rations or coffee.
These items must be made of tin. No stainless steel. They can be purchased from any sutler.