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Sutler's and What You Need -- Approximate Costs and History of the Sutler

(This page is dedicated to the reenactors - civilian or otherwise)

"But I don't want to go among mad people", remarked Alice.

"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat,"we're all mad here. I'm mad.You're mad."

"How do you know I'm mad? said Alice.

"You must be," replied the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

Let me share this little bit of humor with you(borrowed from another site)

You know you're a Reenactor if:

sleeping outside in the rain and mud is your idea of a fun Saturday night.

you can spot 100% wool at 30 yards.

you have ever spent over 300 dollars on clothes that went out of style over 135 years ago.

you have ever replayed Turner's "Gettysburg," 25 times in a row just to get a glimpse of your foot in the left-hand corner of the screen.

you've ever uttered the phrase "only 68 more days 'til (pick an event)!"

you've ever fondled your musket lovingly.

you consider life's essentials to be black powder and booze!

your employer says: "Oh are you going out to play that war crap again?"

your dinner guests see one of your uniforms and exclaim "Are you in a theatre production ?"

your neighbor's dog is barking due to the high frequency pitch of the fifes playing in your back yard.

you've stockpiled lots of candles by the back door as a reminder not to forget them.

you travel over 2000 miles to sleep in tent, at a historic site.

you've driven by some open land and thought "What a great place for a battle!"

you've worn wool when the temperature tops 100 degrees Fahrenheit, repeatedly.

you've received cuts, burns, pulled off ticks, been infested by chiggers, gotten poison ivy, and still look forward to camping out every time.

your house needs a coat of paint.

you have three muskets stacked in the parlor corner.

you've made a career decision based on its impact on your weekends

you've made a vehicle purchase decision based on how well it accommodates your kit and gets into and out of fields

on Monday your business associates comment on the funny tan/sunburn line that ends at the hatline

no one will attend a war movie/historical costume drama with you

your $20,000 car sits out in the weather so your $200 tent can stay in the garage

you spend more on a pair of reenacting shoes than on your "dress" shoes

you earn a good salary, but are always broke

your Mailman stays confused (what the heck rank are you in the Reserves anyway?)

your kids can correct their history teachers

you fly strange flags

your vanity tag gets lots of comment (Fusilier; 1st NH; 2SC)

in the middle of summer, you dread wearing a short sleeved shirt in your air conditioned office, while you can't wait to get to the next event, where you can dress in a long sleeved shirt, with a vest, wool coat, hat, and carry around 40 or 50 pounds of bulky gear on your back, while firing away with your musket, and then relaxing next to your cookfire.

you have ever been asked at a gas station if you are Amish

Well, welcome to this page...we aren't really mad or are we ? If your not a reenactor, yet, your missing a lot...of madness. Seriously though, when you become a reenactor (civilian or otherwise) you will meet a warm lot of people who are ready to share their knowledge and compassion for history. They DO NOT glorify war rather they know by preserving the memory of such wars we will cherish our freedoms...our history and our country.

Come and join us...

Units looking for Recruits

Units Looking for Recruits -Organized by State

I HAVE PUT HISTORY OF THE SUTLER ON THIS PAGE...but I want to put a "word in

edge-wise" Most modern Sutler's are not like history portrays them.

I got this from a site that had gotten it from another...but it is good

reliable information especially for the infantry.

If anyone has accurate information for the calvary or artillery

please email it to cwojahn

List of Items needed for "Civil War" reenacting. This is a basic guide,
and the prices are approximate.

GROUP 1 - Your basic uniform

*"Civil War" period shoes (brogans) $85

Socks (need at least two pair) $6

*Sky blue kersey trowsers and suspenders (works for North or South) $80

*Four button sack coat $60.

Shell Jacket for Union Artillery $115

*A hat : Forage (bummer's) cap, Kepi, Slouch hat (Confederate), or Hardee Hat (Union) $10-$60

*Vest $50

*Period shirt $25 (need at least two)

Gaiters(leggings) $40 (a must for 1862 impressions)

GROUP 2 - Your basic equipment

*Leather gear $100 (cartridge/cap boxes, belts & straps )

*Haversack (food bag) $25 - $40

*Canteen (wood, tin, or steel with wool cover) $35 - $60 (to join on the field you will need this)

*Eating utensils (knife, fork, spoon, plate, cup) $50 - $60

*Musket (1861 model Springfield- $450 or Enfield $400)

(unless your a cannoneer)

*Bayonet and Scabbard $30- $70

(if your a cannoneer you don't need this either)

Waist Belt $14

Tarred Haversack $24

Knapsack $110

*Gum blanket (rubberized ground cloth) $40

*Wool blanket $40

*Shelter tent half $40 (get two halves)

Everyone needs this!!!

GROUP 3 - Optional items you should eventually get

*Winter greatcoat $175

*Frock coat $160

*Underdrawers $20

*Soft knapsack $100 - $150

If the women want any civilian clothing the best deal for them would be through

Sue Johnson

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