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Posted by Richard Monson on January 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

In the idea of doing the best (or going in that direction) look for 4th Texas possible:  - What would be the perfect uniform?  Of course variety helps, but all of us in Derbies would look. . .  Anyway, Don Hutto got me started last night (now later):  I put this to y'all for any input to add to the minimum equipment guidelines.  I think you'll get the gist with the list.   Popular with 4th Texas:Red Shirts were very popular <full button down and pockets with flaps Ok - Don Hutto (CSA prisioners pix)> Red Suspenders (Boss, was that 4th Texas or CSA in general?)NCO Stripes black  ?name?  Sombrero (smaller brim than the Mexican)  The hat story - Stolen from Train passengers - is a good one to tell.

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Reply Richard Monson
10:57 AM on January 25, 2013 
Please continue Coffee. I know Cpt Boss (Ret) knows a lot and I will ask and add more information - as well as what I can gather from others.
Reply Coffee
8:27 AM on January 23, 2013 
According to the histories, we were issued new clothing in late February 1863 when camped near Richmond. It would stand to reason that we would be fairly uniform by the spring campaign. Type II Depot jackets etc....???
Reply Matt Bishop
11:43 AM on January 14, 2013 
Hats, what to wear.

When I joined the Company, some twelve years ago, I arrived at my first event wearing a brown felt hat 'blank' (an unfinished wide brim hat without final forming). Our beloved Dan Bortolin was very keen on wide brimmed hats, which he referred to as 'Texas sombreros' . He liked mine. The problem with these hat blanks is that they don't hold their shape well, and after one encounter with rain the brim warps and any shoulder that was there begins to fade. In time with repeated encounters with moisture it becomes a cone. I didn't wear that hat for very long. My next hat was a home made forage cap (aka, bummer), which looked good from far, but far from good (not absolutely correct). It served its purpose for a while, until I could afford a real hat, a Clearwater "Shilo". The Shilo hat lasted many years, until it finally shrunk from sweat and rain to the point it no longer fit on my head, but rather sat a top waiting for the slightest breeze to send it tumbling off. I tried in vain to stretch it back into shape, but it would not relent. Next came a Mexican war "wheel hat". And, finally, a real kepi. I wear one or the other of these last two hats now, but hope to acquire a new wide brimmed beaver hat. The clearwater hats are good, but only contain a minor percentage (10X) of beaver and a major percentage (90X) of rabbit. I read somewhere that, "Beavers live in water and rabbits live in dirt, nuff said." My civilian personna outfit includes a 100% beaver "Booth" hat, made to order by Dirty Billy, a little taller than the historical pictures I've seen, but quite nice all the same. I haven't worn this hat in the ranks, yet, but it would fit the narrative of a "train hat".

There are many 'acceptable' modern hats out there that will work for the new reenactor. Stay away from 'cowboy' hats or any with to much pinching of the front crown. Most of the suttlers carry suitable hats that won't break the bank. And for the record, Derby hats are not period correct, but one in all the many might be acceptable until it is stolen, hidden or destroyed.