Lord has included patent information for many items.
Some sutler produced items and supplies were commonly used by soldiers on both sides as well as officially issued items.
Published with the essay is a 25-page Resources document which provides a wealth of sources of information on Civil War uniforms and equipment.
Uniforms and equipment are commonly divided by North and South.
Key word searching using the terms “military paraphernalia, military supplies, pictorial works, arms and armor and firearms” will locate books and articles. For an example, an infantryman’s accoutrements consisted of articles carried on his belts: Cartridge box, cap pouch and bayonet scabbard as well as a canteen, haversack and knapsack.
Both publications have specific articles about arms, accoutrements, equipment, uniforms and unit histories.
The publications appeal to military collectors, relic hunters and Civil War historians.
Cavalry sabers were useful in mounted charges for shock effect but revolvers with extra cylinders were more effectively used by mounted men on both sides. A “35-year Artilleryman Index” is available through the web site.
Researching the cavalry aspect of the Civil War should begin with Randy Steffen’s four volume monumental study of the U. Cavalry in history, Different requirements and rivalry between the Army and the Navy in both the Union and the Confederacy meant that each side had two different sets of ordnance systems that could not be easily interchanged. Articles range from particular pieces, to the exact paint used on cannon carriages to Civil War artillery unit histories.
The best single study about Civil War uniforms and equipment is by a founder of the Company of Military Historians and former West Point Museum Director, Fred Todd: American Military Equipage, 1851-1872.
The illustrated three volume work is enhanced by the drawings and research of museum curators, artists and historians: Maria Todd, George Woodbridge, Lee Wallace, Jr. The volumes are arranged by topics and each individual state’s variation of issued uniforms, accoutrements and equipment is identified.
The most thorough illustrated encyclopedia identifying Civil War related items is Francis A.