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"Bayonet should be the socket-type, made for your musket and should slope to the right (lock plate) side of the musket when affixed." (Hodge) Avoid purchasing reproduction bayonets through the mail. If you have a reproduction bayonet made in India consider having the `India' marking polished off and replacing the locking ring.

Lodgewood Mfg.

Dixie Gun Works

Regimental Quartermaster

Levi Ledbetter 

S & S Firearms

Fall Creek Sutler



"The model 1858 regulation `smoothside' canteen and it's `corrugated' variant are both very acceptable. Do not purchase the oversized canteen commonly seen in sutler's stores, and avoid the stainless steel canteens. This canteen should have a ring on top of the cork seal and a pewter spout. Canteens may be left uncovered or covered in wool or jean of dark blue, gray or brown. Avoid sky blue covers, as these are overly represented in reenacting when compared to actual Civil War use." (Bully Boys)   "Up until the winter of 1863, 6' russet leather straps were being issued to the army, then switched to cloth because of the lack of durability found in the leather straps. Corrugated canteens were not issued with chains, but rather with a piece of twine."  (Hodge)

C & D Jarnagin

"Reasonable reproduction of Pattern of 1858 smoothside canteen. Be sure to specify pewter spout (although some canteens provided at the St. Louis Arsenal had tin spouts.) Appearance is greatly improved by replacing the existing cover with a brownish-gray cover of linen/wool from County Cloth or Family Heirloom Weavers or leaving the canteen uncovered. Sling should be sized to correct length.  Replace jack chain with string. Avoid corrugated or `bullseye' pattern, as research suggested that the majority of canteens available from the St.Louis and Cincinnati western depots were Pattern of 1858 smoothsides. Jarnigan will provide a brown cover, string, and will not punch a hole for a jack chain if requested." (24th Mich)

Uriah Clothiers (Paul Smith)

"Makes excellent canteens. Correct in every detail. Hand-dyed walnut cover, string for cork attachment, correct sling. He only makes a few runs of these a year. Call and ask him if he is accepting orders, if you are interested."   (W.B.) 

Levi Ledbetter

"Smoothside and bullseye variants, available at events. Note: Historic Clothiers offers an excellent regulation leather canteen  sling." (Bully Boys) 



"The best choice is the M1855 `double bag' soft pack. Beware of the oversized packs many sutlers sell. Original double bags are relatively small, with the main bag being closed with four flaps and two buckles and the other `envelope-type' bag being closed with two rawhide ties. Proper buckles and hook are mandatory. Straps should be short and made with medium weight leather. Finish work should be sewn by hand even when the major seams are machine done. Bag should be painted black with correct-type paint, based in boiled linseed oil." (Bully Boys) 

Artifakes (Don Rademacher)

"U.S. issue double bag knapsack with hand felled seams, all leather handsewn. Excellent.... Everyone should have a high quality knapsack." (W.B.)  

Missouri Boot & Shoe (Robert Serio)

"Federal double-bag knapsack featuring imported Belgian linen, partially machine sewn, with all visible stitching sewn by hand. Correct hardware crafted to specifications with correct wire gauge on the larger roller buckles. Leather straps are correctly chain-stitched on." (24th Mich)

Sam Haywood Knapsacks

"Excellent quality replica knapsacks. A bit pricey, but his products are extremely well made and very durable." (24th Mich)

C & D Jarnagin

 " `Old reliable' that is well made." (24th Mich)

Mike Thompson

"Mike makes a good federal double bag." (24th Mich)


"Very good `double-bag' patterned from original." (Bully Boys) 

Historic Clothiers (Nick Sekela)

Owens Accouterments (James Owens)