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Re: US Army uniform

Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Thursday, 13 September 2018, at 6:52 p.m., in response to US Army uniform, posted by Jason Clements on Thursday, 13 September 2018, at 3:01 p.m.

Try Quartermaster They might be a little pricey but quality, from what I hear. For some equipments, try What Price Glory (much of their offerings are on Ebay. I like the Model 1872 infantry equipments I obtained from them. For the 1880's you will probably want, for a field impression:

1875 or 1884 campaign hat*

1878 or 1884 prairie belt*

1883/1885 campaign shirt (no chevrons, ala Hollywood!)*

trowsers (period spelling)

forage cap (optional, if portraying field service"

wool or cotton stockings/socks (Norwegian or other

European surplus are often similar and many soldiers wore

non-reg as issue socks wore out rapidly)

period shoes (again, non-reg allowed)

haversack (1875-1884 would be correct)*

canteen, 1874 or 1882

M1774 belt with two McKeever boxes* (if not going with a

prairie belt

*available from What Price Glory

I hope that the above helps and doesn't overwhelm you. Email me at: A friend of mine and his wife no longer make replica uniforms after returning to England but he can probably advise you, too. Good luck, James!

P.S. The Osprey book on the plains infantry has some problems (the M1872 hat is all wrong) but should be a good guide and easily found in the UK.


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