New York State Volunteers
The Salt Point Rangers
"The Fourth Onondaga Regiment"
NOTICE: The below uniform guidelines are very generic in nature, in our constant efforts to improve the quality and authenticity of our impression, we ask that all new recruits seek the advice and approval of unit veterans BEFORE they make any purchases of gear and/or uniform items. When purchasing your kit, use only recommended sutlers and vendors. We realize that this can be an expensive hobby, and only ask that you purchase the best that you are able to afford. Experience shows that it is better to spend a little more and buy high quality, authentically made goods in the beginning that will last, than it is to buy the cheaper goods and have to replace them later because they are poor in quality and/or are inaccurate in their construction.
All uniforms and equipage should be constructed from the proper materials and of proper patterns and sewing techniques, ie; hand sewn button holes where applicable, etc.
Uniform Coat – Enlisted pattern four button fatigue blouse, either lined or unlined with lined being preferred. US Federal enlisted frock coat also acceptable. NCO's may also wear a plain untrimmed roundabout (shell) jacket if they desire.
Trowsers – Kersey (sky blue) enlisted foot pattern. Period style suspenders optional.
Accoutrements – M1855 pattern Federal cartridge box with tins, C.S. Storms stamping preferred, brass lead filled "US" oval box plate affixed to flap, leather cartridge box sling, with brass eagle breast plate affixed. M1850 early war type cap box preferred, M1850 mid war pattern also acceptable. M1855 Gaylord pattern US bayonet scabbard, two rivet pattern preferred, seven rivet pattern acceptable. Black leather waist belt with leather keeper preferred, brass keeper acceptable, brass lead filled "US" oval belt plate, “puppy paw” preferred, “arrow backed” acceptable. Black painted Federal issue haversack with liner. M1853/1855 standard double bag knapsack (softpack). Note: We do not use the "SNY" belt plate or box plate. No British Enfield type accoutrements.
Canteen – M1862 Philadelphia bullseye pattern is preferred, bullseye canteens should be equipped with a herringbone weave linen sling, and use either jute twine or hemp cord to connect the stopper to the canteen body, NO jack chain. The M1858 smoothside pattern is also acceptable, smoothside canteens should be preferably of the Cincinnati depot type with a folded linen sling and a length of hemp cord connecting the stopper to the canteen body. New York or Philadelphia depot type are also acceptable, with either a folded linen or oiled leather sling. All canteens should be covered with a brown-grey jean cloth cover, NOT blue wool. Tin construction is preferred, stainless steel acceptable but highly discouraged.
Shirt – Period style domet flannel military issue shirt with paper backed tin buttons or wool flannel contract issue shirt preferred, period civilian shirt of osnaburg, muslin, or cotton with bone, tin, glass, porcelain, or other period type buttons is also acceptable.
Socks – Issue type cotton or hand knit civilian style preferred, solid grey rag wool acceptable but highly discouraged.
Drawers – Canton flannel, period style.
Footwear – Black leather Jefferson Booties (brogans), of either stitched sole early war type or pegged sole mid-war type with or without heel plates.
– US M1862 forage cap (preferred) or US M1858 forage cap, with a lacquered
brim, optional “white star” corp badge affixed to top center of crown. Hat
brass if any, shall be limited to the numbers “149” and/or a company letter
“B”, NO brass French horn infantry insignia. Kepi's, with a lacquered brim,
are acceptable for Officers and Sgt.s, (as photos of the original 149th support
this) and certain types of civilian hats may be allowed as well.
Eyewear – If corrective lenses are required, contacts are preferred, glasses if worn MUST be original period frames or accurate reproduction.
Weapon – The 149th NYSV was originally issued the three band 1853 Enfield musket and was then later issued model 1861 contract Springfield muskets, with this in mind the 1853 Enfield three band musket is preferred, and the 1861 Springfield musket is also acceptable. It is preferred that all muskets be de-farbed with all modern markings removed and period correct stampings applied, Enfields should be polished bright with bluing removed from barrel. Side arms allowed for officers only, no Bowie or "fighting" knives. Bayonets either Springfield or Enfield type, to coincide with type of musket used. Original or Italian made bayonets preferred, India made acceptable. Oiled leather musket sling.
Blanket – Grey wool US issue blanket with or without black end stripes, Brown "Contract" style acceptable, with or without the "US" stitched in the middle.
Tentage – One shelter half is required, three panel early war type with bone buttons preferred, two panel mid war type with tin buttons also acceptable. Poles must be rough cut saplings, issue type two piece poles, or just use your musket. Triangular end pieces are NOT allowed. In some scenarios such as early war, garrison camps, or winter quarters, common tents ("A" tents) may be used.
Gum Blanket – Issue type rubber gum blanket preferred, painted contract issue style ground cloth blanket also acceptable. No neck hole preferred, poncho style acceptable. Period style bed ticks (mattress ticks) are allowed.
Eating Utensils – Canteen half or tin plate acceptable. Original knife, fork, and spoon preferred, accurate reproductions acceptable, tin cup (early war type preferred) but any period regulation issue style are acceptable, period skillet, period mucket (coffee boiler) are also acceptable. (NO speckled finish enameled steel, no cast iron frying pans).
Jewelry – Wedding bands acceptable, no earrings or other types of facial ornamentation. Watches must be period type pocket watch, No wristwatches.
Great Coat (overcoat) – Enlisted foot pattern great coat, these are optional but recommended.
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When we set up camp for battle reenactments, usually it will be "campaign style", utilizing shelter halves and she-bangs rather than A-tents, or when weather permits we use no tents at all. We should try to travel light, as they would have on the march. In other words if you can't carry it in your knapsack or on your person, you probably don't need it. Members should have only one trip from their car to the camp, and avoid numerous walks back and forth to and from their vehicle with excessive baggage and gear. In some scenarios, it may be correct for us to use A-tents, this may be for recreating a more permanent style garrison camp or winter quarters, early war scenarios, or for living history displays. The same advice is given however to travel light, and only bring what you feel you absolutely need. (If you can't carry it in your knapsack, haversack, in your pockets, or on your person, then you don't need it).
During events our members will be sure that absolutely no modern items are ever in view, refrain from conversation that deals with modern topics and phrases, and even after hours, please be considerate of your fellow reenactors, and don't spoil their step back in time by displaying 20th century intrusions.
The 149th NYSV "Rules of Conduct" describes our actions in more detail, and should be read and followed by each member.
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