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2nd Delaware Infantry

The Federal impression for Receding Tide will be the 2nd Delaware Infantry. These men had been on campaign since the middle of June, during which time they traveled several hundred miles and fought a major battle. Uniforms and equipment in worn or poor condition are highly encouraged if available.  

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J Please review the below impression guidelines VERY CAREFULLY.​ All gear is listed in order of K preference. All gear is to be made of correct period materials and construction.



Corps Badge: A red trefoil SHALL be worn on the hat or blouse to indicate service in the 1st Division, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac.



  • Preferred - M1858 Sack Coat or M1858 Frock Coat (Photographic evidence shows continued use of the frock coat to some degree during this period, however the sack coat was the most common coat.)

  • Reluctantly Accepted, but discouraged - Private Purchase Blouse, Shell Jacket



  • Preferred - M1861 Sky Blue Trousers of either SA or contract manufacture

  • Not Accepted - Dark Blue Trousers, Civilian Trousers

Hat: Company letters are encouraged. Other hat brass should be limited.

  • Preferred - M1858 Type I Forage Cap, M1858 Type II Forage Cap, or dark civilian hats (photos show that dark civilian hats were in use with these troops.)

  • Accepted - Private Purchase Kepi

  • Reluctantly Accepted, but discouraged - M1858 Dress Hat


  • None - Overcoats were put into storage prior to the Chancellorsville Campaign and the troops did not have access to them during this campaign.


  • Preferred - Issue of either domet flannel or wool

  • Accepted - Civilian Shirt

Under drawers - No modern underwear is acceptable

  • Preferred – Issued Canton Flannel

  • Accepted - Civilian


  • Preferred - Woolen Socks, issue or civilian make


  • Preferred - M1851 Jefferson Bootees (Brogans).

  • Accepted - Issue boots, Civilian Boots


​Rifle (with appropriate bayonet) - The 21st started the war with some form of smoothbore musket. It is not clear which. However, in December 1861, 8 companies received Enfield Muskets and the flank companies received Harper's Ferry rifles. The Enfield was considered a much better weapon than the previous by the men and there are mentions of engaging Confederates with smoothbores and having advantage of the rifle.

  • Preferred - M1855/1861 Springfield Rifle Musket

  • Accepted - P1853 Enfield Rifle Musket

  • Reluctantly Accepted, but discouraged - M1842 Springfield Musket/Rifled Musket

  • Not Accepted – M1863 Springfield Rifle Musket, any rifle-length weapon

Bayonet Scabbard:

  • Preferred - 2 Rivet bayonet scabbard

  • Reluctantly Accepted - 7 Rivet bayonet scabbard

Cartridge Box :

  • Preferred - M1857/61 Cartridge Box with sling, box and eagle plates

Cap Box:

  • Preferred - M1862 Cap Box

  • Accepted - M1855 "Shield Front" Cap Box


  • Preferred - M1856 Waist Belt with puppy paw buckle and leather keeper or keeper cut off


  • Preferred - Black tarred issue haversack (rations will be issued at the event)


  • Preferred - M1862 "Bullseye" Canteen with leather strap

  • Accepted - M1858 "Smoothside" Canteen with cotton strap


  • Preferred - M1855 Federal Double Bag Knapsack, Blanket Roll


  • Preferred - Gray or Brown Issue Blanket with US chain stitched.

Ground Cloth:

  • Preferred - Gum blanket

  • Accepted - Painted ground cloth

NO modern glasses, containers, or items will be accepted. All modern medicines shall be concealed within period containers. No cell phones or modern tobacco.

Appropriate period grooming standards are required. No visible modern tattoos, ponytails, or other obviously modern hairstyles are accepted. No modern clothing.

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