School of the Soldier

Folding Your Greatcoat Link

Folding Your Greatcoat: "Revised Regulations for the Army of the United States, 1861". Article LI, para. 1576, states "...the great-coat, when carried, to be neatly folded, not rolled, and covered by the outer flap of the knapsack." In Article XXX, para 316, describing knapsack inspections, it states "...The knapsacks will be placed at the feet of the men, the flaps from them, with the great-coats on the flaps, and the kanpsacks leaning on the..." Stephen P. Hanson reviews the proper procedure for folding and carrying your Greatcoat. ...Click on the page for article.

Wearing Your Gear Link

Wearing Your Gear:"When looking front-on at a fully accoutred soldier standing at attention, the only items of equipment that should be seen, aside from the straps for all his accoutrements crossing his chest, are his weapon, waist belt, cap box, bayonet, and the blanket, either behind his head on his knapsack or across his body if he is wearing a blanket roll. All other items are behind him and out of sight." Stephen P. Hanson reviews the proper methods for wearing your gear. ...Click on the page for article.

Stack Arms Link

Stack Arms:"At the command, the front-rank man of every even-numbered file will pass his piece before him. Seizing it with the left hand near the upper band; will place the butt a little in advance of his left toe, the barrel turned toward the body, and draw the rammer slightly from its place; the front-rank man of every odd-numbered file will also draw the rammer slightly, and pass his piece to the man on his left; who will seize it with his right hand near the upper band..." ...Click on the page for article.

Footcare Link

Footcare:"The human foot is a biological masterpiece. It's strong, flexible, and functional design enables it to do its job with and without complaint - IF you take care of it and don't take it for granted. Foot ailments can be traced to heredity, many stem from cumulative impact of a lifetime of abuse and neglect. Studies show that 75 percent of Americans experience foot problems of a greater or lesser degree of seriousness at some time in their lives; nowhere near that many seek medical treatment..." ...Click on the page for article.

Campaign Kits Part I Link

Campaign Kits Part I:"You have decided to attend a 'campaign' style event- you are going to march a few miles and carry everything on your back...everything we do as authentic reenactors should use the historical record as a guide. The purpose of this article is to discuss what items the original soldiers took on campaign and how this translates to modern living history. Part II, 'Putting it All Together,' discusses how these items were carried." (from Columbia Rifles Research Compendium by John E. Tobey) ...Click on the page for article.

Campaign Kits Part II Link

Campaign Kits Part II:"In Article III.4, 'Campaign Kits, Part I: Composition,' we discussed the individual components of the campaign outfit. We can now pile the whole rig into our vehicle and take off for the event. Eventually, we arrive in the parking lot, and it is time for the next process to begin. The proper packing, wearing or carriage of the kit for campaign is the topic of this article. The haversack is the easiest receptacle to start with." (from Columbia Rifles Research Compendium by John E. Tobey) ...Click on the page for article.

Knapsack & Haversack Packing Link

Knapsack & Haversack Packing:"When attending events that portray troops on campaign, one of the easiest, most satisfying, and least-expensive ways for a reenactor to improve his portrayal is to lighten his load and 'carry only what they carried' during the Civil War. In order of priority, Civil War soldiers carried all of their ordinance stores (guns, leathers, etc,), then their camp equipage (haversack, knapsack, rubber blanket, tin boiler, etc.)..." (from Columbia Rifles Research Compendium by John E. Tobey) ...Click on the page for article.

Campaign Cuisine Link

Campaign Cuisine:"Rations! Victuals consumed by soldiers in the Civil War and how best to emulate them are a controversial topic for reenactors. 'Eat that and you'll reenact dysentery for sure!' has been heard in the hobby for decades because of some well-entrenched myths. Rations are an important component of a reenactor's portrayal, and can either add greatly to a living history experience or detract from it." (from Columbia Rifles Research Compendium by John E. Tobey) ...Click on the page for article.

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