5th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers
Authenticity Guidelines adopted September 2003
Vendor List updated June 2015

N.B. Try not to acquire anything until you have consulted one of the following members:

Authenticity Committee

David Nelson, Chairman Emeritus; Bill Shea, Ex Officio;

Paul Parvis, Greg Henderson and James Feindel, Quartermaster Emeritus

The 5th New Hampshire Volunteers organization is dedicated to portraying the common Union Infantry Soldier during the Civil War Period 1861-1865. Members of the 5th NHV are committed toward developing the most historically accurate impression possible of a Civil War Soldier.  Reproduction equipment utilizing the correct materials and construction techniques must be used in all items. From time to time, members of the 5th NHV may be required to improve their impressions, as new historical documentation surfaces. 

Buying early-war reproduction equipment should be the goal.  And buying cheaper goods should be carefully evaluated.  The gear won't last, look good or feel right especially on long marches.  Better to try and acquire higher-end goods - you won't be sorry.  Listen to the voices of experience.

Notice to former 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Members.  Please let us know if you would like to sell your used gear especially items made by Paul Smith or Donald Rademacher.  Contact Paul Parvis  pbparvis at sbcglobal.net at your
earliest convenience.

Step one.  Contact a member of the Authenticity Committee or Executive Board to assist you in selecting, and purchasing your equipment from the Vendor List.

Recommended books to acquire to help you acquaint yourself with the uniforms and equipment.

1) The Columbia Rifles Research Compendium, 2nd Edition, November 2007.  This is an excellent resource document but difficult to locate. According to the editors:

The CRRC is more than just a reenactor handbook. The CRRC provides documentation and presents research that backs up the "Columbia Rifles'

Standards of Authenticity", with an emphasis on an Eastern Federal - generally, Army of the Potomac - infantry impression. The 2nd Edition of The CRRC included numerous articles, is 425 pages in length, is illustrated, and will be published in November, 2006. The 1st Edition of The CRRC sold well over 1,000 copies, generating over $4,000 for preservation of New York State Civil War battle flags.

2) Another book you should acquire to acquaint yourself with the material culture regarding a Civil War soldier is Echoes of Glory, Arms and Equipment of the Union, Alexandria: Time-Life Books, 1991. It contains photographs of original artifacts from muskets to "housewives," and will provide the building blocks necessary for you discern a good reproduction from a bad or "farby" reproduction for your impression "kit."

The above resources will provide excellent reference as you begin to acquire the necessary items for the field.  And remember, feel free to consult the authenticity committee if you have any questions.

Scroll down further to see Required Items and the Approved Vendor's List with contact information.

 5th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers Required Items

 
First Year 
 

Sack Coat - Proper 5th NHV Pattern*

Sky Blue Trousers*                                                                                         
Gallowses, braces or suspenders*                          

Canton Flannel Drawers*                                           

Issue shirt white domat flannel*

Civilian shirt*                             
Double pegged or sewn shoes with heel plates* 

Canteen - smooth side with hemp string*
Wool Socks - two pairs*                                   
Forage Cap*                                                              
Knife, Fork and Spoon* 

Forage Cap*                                         
Tin Plate*
Tin Cup*
                          
 

Waist Belt with leather keeper preferred

Cartridge Box Sling

Belt Plate - Thin edge - "puppy paw" preferred

Box Plate - Thin edge

Breast Plate

Black Haversack with cotton drill liner

Gum Blanket - small grommets

Cartridge Box - sewn fastening tab

Wool Blanket

Cap Box - shield front preferred 

Musket - Enfield or 1861 Springfield - latter preferred 

Musket Sling

Bayonet - Original or Italian are best looking and durable

Bayonet Scabbard - two rivet

 

Second Year
Frock Coat
Knapsack
Shelter Half with bone buttons preferred
Overcoat with woolen or baize lining

* Your personal items should be the first items acquired. The 5th NHV Quartermaster may make arrangements for loaner equipment. In certain circumstances an additional 6 months may be granted for the required equipment. You want to avoid synthetic materials and machine-sewn buttonholes and top stitching though both were available during the period - but more the exception than the rule.  Assembling your kit will take patience, knowledge and money. 

 

Final notes.  The vendors or sutlers appearing below are essentially cottage industries and therefore may be "here today," but "gone tomorrow,"  without warning and quality may vary from time to time.  Purchase your goods with credit cards and try not to send money too far in advance of receiving an order.  We have fairly and objectively evaluated the vendors to the best of our ability considering your best interest, "turn around time," quality, reproduction accuracy and affordability.  Check this page often for revisions to the sutler "roster."

 

Woolen, "sky-blue" kersey fabric from an original overcoat provided the wallpaper background for this page.  Notice the raised, diagonal "whale" which is characteristic of the woolen cloth.  The original fabric's color is somewhat darker than the what you see here.

 

5th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers - Approved Venders List - as of  June 2015

Updated June 2015

 Check the following web sites frequently:

                          
www.authentic-campaigner.com. Tremendous source for information.

http://www.njsekela.com   Nick continues to produce some of the finest goods for the hobby.  Buy off the rack only at his Gettysburg store.

www.stonybrookcompany.com  Chris Sullivan manufactures trousers and has been in business a number of years. In addition to his commercial grade trousers, Chris has reintroduced his museum grade trousers. Chris also maintains an in inventory option, where you can find trousers and other items.

Original Canteens            Original Canteens Continued Visit web

Sack Coat originals - visit web        Eyeglasses Article   - searching

Frock Coat originals - visit web      

Great Coat originals - visit web

Trousers originals - visit web

Colonel Cross Artifacts  - Sword, Spurs and shoulder boards are in the New Hampshire State House;  the saddle is owned by the Lancaster Historical   Society and the pistol is privately owned in Maryland.   Note - web site closed, which is most unfortunate.

 

 

Shoes or "Bootees" or "Brograns"

 

Shoes will require the longest time to acquire, so order them, with heal plates attached, as soon as possible.  Buy an extra pair of BLACK OR DARK BROWN laces also.

 

Missouri Boot & Shoe Co.
951 Burr Crossing Rd.
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-6100

missouribootandshoe.com

Missouri Boot site not responding - investigating

 

MJN Boot & Leather Shop
Mick Nesseim
27210 468th Ave
P.O.Box 351
Tea, SD 57064
(605) 368-2922

 

 

Mattimore Harness (Tom Matimore)
509 South Second Street
Laramie, Wyoming 82070
(307) 745-8460

www.civilwarboots.com
 

Robert Land
http://www.robertlandhistoricshoes.com/servlet/StoreFront
Retail outlet:     S.G. Marinos & Company
                             P.O. Box 3192
                             Gettysburg, Pa 17325-3192
                             (717) 334-9376

 

 

 

Eye wear

 

Contact lenses are best followed by using  original frames.  Contact a committee member.   Click here for excellent eyeglass article by D. A. Nelson

 

   
 

 

Socks

 

 

Woollen socks - period machine knit socks appear to last the longest.

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028

(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

Joyce DeMatteis
798 Old Savage Rd.
Arlington, Va 22922
(804) 263-65

 

Karin Timour

81 Payson Avenue, Apt. 1

New York, NY   10034-2755

(212) 567-0605

Kitmour@aol.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

Forage  Caps

Type I

 

A good forage cap will cost a few dollars.  You should try the cap before buying and one that is a little tight is preferable.  Sweat will form fit the cap and keep it on your head during a windy day or when you are charging the sesech. 

 

Type 1, "early war", is preferred.

 

Superior Cap Company
ebay Store

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 


 


S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

 

Slouch Hats

 

Slouch Hats - very useful in the field but not worn during dress parade.  Own a forage cap before buying a slouch hat.  Contact a committee member prior to purchase.

 

Dirty Billy
20 Baltimore Street

Gettysburg, PA  17325
(717) 334-3200

www.dirtybillyshats.com

T.P.&H Trading Company
Tim Bender
121 Carriage Dr.
Birdsboro, PA 19508
(610)
858-9191
www.benderhats.com

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

Shirts

 

White domat flannel issue shirt is a must.  A grey flannel and or cotton civilian shirt may be secondary.

 

Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com/

 

Under Drawers

 

Under drawers are made of soft canton flannel and are worn under the trousers.  They prevent chaffing and are very useful.

 

Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  626-3051

www.njsekela.com

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

Sack Coat

 

 

Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

 

Trousers

 

 

Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

Stoney Brook Company
Chris Sullivan
169 west Fifth Street
Oswego, NY 13126-2505
(315) 343-1557 

www.stonybrookcompany.com

 

 

 

 

"Galluses" "Braces" or Suspenders

 

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

James Owens

 


Missouri Boot & Shoe Co.
951 Burr Crossing Rd.
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-6100

missouribootandshoe.com

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

 

 

 

Leathers

 

Cartridge Box, Cartridge Box Sling, Breast Plate, Cap Box, Two-Rivet Scabbard, Waist Belt with standing loop and "puppy paw" belt plate.

 

Duvall Leatherwork & Repair 

116 W. Walnut Street  

Kingston, PA 18704                  

(570) 283-9287

www.duvalleatherwork.com

                   

Duvall will furnish a complete set of leathers, including plates appropriately attached, for $400.  The work is excellent and price good for a turn-key result.
                                      
Missouri Boot & Shoe Co.
951 Burr Crossing Rd.
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-6100

missouribootandshoe.com

 

 

C&D Jarnigan
P.O. Box 1860
Corinth, MS 38835-1860
(601) 287-4977
www.jarnaginco.com

(Cartridge Box)

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

 

Canteen

 

Made of hot-dipped tin with a pewter spout.  See Committee member for additional advice.


Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

The Regimental Quartermaster
49 Steinwehr Avenue

Gettysburg, PA  17325

(215) 340-1863

www.regtqm.com/

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

Tinware

 

Plate, boiler with a "bail" or handle
is preferable.

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

Utensils

 

Knife, fork and spoon - separately or the combo tool, but later is over represented in
the hobby.

 

 

 

Sutler Row  with authenticity committee member assistance

 

 

 

 

Bayonet

 

The reproduction made in Italy or an original are best and will last longer than
cheaper items.

Italian versions are quite good  

 

See also
musket vendor.

 

An Original Bayonet

Horsesoldier

Gettysburg, PA

horsesoldier.com

 

Fall Creek Sutlery
P.O. Box 92
Whitetown, IN 46075
(317) 482-1861
FAX: (317) 482-1848
http://fcsutler.com
 

 

The Regimental Quartermaster
49 Steinwehr Avenue

Gettysburg, PA  17325

(215) 340-1863

www.regtqm.com/

 

 

 

 

Musket Sling

 

 

Duvall Leatherwork & Repair 

116 W. Walnut Street  

Kingston, PA 18704                  

(570) 283-9287

www.duvalleatherwork.com

 

 

 S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

 

 

Musket

 

Contact a committee member prior to purchase.  ARMI-SPORT is recommended

 

Buy an extra cone and cone-seat screw.  Also purchase a bayonet, wiper and and screw driver from musket purveyor.  Ask about warranty and return policies.

 

For care of your weapon buy the Sullivan Press reprint

Rules for the Management and Cleaning of the Rifle Musket 1861 originally printed in 1862.

 

 

John Zimmerman
1195 Washington St.
Harper’s Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-2558 

http://edsmart.com/jz/index.htm

Vendor offers "defarbing" service and he thoroughly inspects the weapon for safety as many "repros" on the market have faulty parts.  Colonel Cross preferred the 1861 Springfield over

the Enfield.

 

As of July 7, 2005, an 1861Springfield musket including defarbing is $605; shipping to New Hampshire is $25; and a defarbed bayonet with a two-rivet scabbard is $69. 

 

The Regimental Quartermaster
49 Steinwehr Avenue

Gettysburg, PA  17325

(215) 340-1863

www.regtqm.com/

 

The Regimental Quartermaster now offers a defarbing service, check
it out.

 

 

Fall Creek Sutlery
P.O. Box 92
Whitetown, IN 46075
(317) 482-1861
FAX: (317)482-1848
http://fcsutler.com
 

C&D Jarnigan
P.O. Box 1860
Corinth, MS 38835-1860
601-287-4977
www.jarnaginco.com

 

Lodgewood Mfg.
Muskets and Parts

William Osborne
494 Ventura lane
Whitewater, W
I 53190
(262) 473-5444

www.lodgewood.com

 

Note - We recommend buying muskets by
Armi Sport

 

 

 

Blanket

 

 

Fall Creek Sutlery at  www.fcsutler.com

They make a 100% wool emergency blanket 72x60 for $69.95.  They also sell the U.S. Issue blanket 100% wool with the U.S. hand stitched in the center for $91.95.

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

Rubber Blanket

 

 

Small rivets - do not order a poncho.

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

 

Missouri Boot & Shoe Co.
951 Burr Crossing Rd.
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-6100

missouribootandshoe.com

 

 

  Knapsack

 

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

James Owens

 

 

Missouri Boot & Shoe Co.
951 Burr Crossing Rd.
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-6100

missouribootandshoe.com

 

 

Haversack 

 

 

James Owens

 

Missouri Boot & Shoe Co.
951 Burr Crossing Rd.
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-6100

missouribootandshoe.com

 

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com


 

 

 

Shelter Half

 

 

 

Early war, three-piece, with bone
buttons are preferable.                       

 

Wooden tent pegs are

best and most appropriate

 

Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

Overcoat

 

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

 

Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

Frock Coat

 

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISC

 

Books, housewives, NCO stripes, manuals, mirrors, etc.

 


Wambaugh, White & Company
P.O. Box 445
Charlotte, Michigan  48813

www.wwandcompany.com

 

Nick Sekela
P.O. Box 28
Butler, N.J.  07405-0028
(973)  557-6733

www.njsekela.com

 

 

S & S Sutler of Gettysburg
331 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1990
www.ss-sutler.com

 

 

 

Used Gear

 

Caveat Emptor - Consult a committee member before purchasing if possible.

 

Stoney Brook Company
Chris Sullivan
169 west Fifth Street
Oswego, NY 13126-2505
(315) 343-1557 

www.stonybrookcompany.com

 

Lodgewood Mfg.
Muskets and Parts

William Osborne
494 Ventura lane
Whitewater, W
I 53190
(262) 473-5444

www.lodgewood.com

 

 

S.G. Marinos & Company
P.O. Box 3192
Gettysburg, Pa 17325-3192
(717) 334-9376
 

Robert Land ( S.G. Marinos & Company)
5 Columbia Dr., #139
Niagara Falls, NY
(519) 836-6868

 

Others to be reassigned at a later date.  Thanks for your patience.