View Full Version : Pickett's Mill Living History June 2, 2007

04-23-2007, 05:33 PM
On Saturday June 4th, 2006 the Armory Guards are putting on a Living History program for Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Park from 10 am to around 3 pm. There will be weapons demonstrations (please bring rounds), drill…including skirmish drill, some marching, and opportunities to speak with the public. This is a one day deal, but you are welcome to stay and sleep at the cabin on the park grounds on Friday evening and Saturday evening. Most participants are planning to stay on Saturday evening and James Wooten, one of the rangers at the park, will give a tour of the battlefield on Sunday morning. Lunch will be prepared for the participants and the volunteers usually go out to eat for dinner, but you are welcome to bring your own dinner and use the cookfires near the cabin. Mr. Jason Scoggins of the Armory Guards will be in overall command for the demonstrations on Saturday. The webpage is at: http://pickettsmillpark.org for more information about Pickett’s Mill Park and there are directions on how to get to the park as well.

The impression will be 1864 Atlanta Campaign Confederate and guidelines for the kit are:

Civilian slouch hat. Black or gray preferred. Edge of brim as well as hat bound with silk.
CS "issue" hat. Wool felt, hand-stitched leather sweatband, lined crown with maker's stamp, silk ribbon-edged brim, silk ribbon hat band.
Hardee hat. Black wool felt, hand-stitched leather sweatband, label in crown, double-stitched on brim.
Kepi or cap. Grey wool jean, tarred canvas or leather bill, leather sweatband (an original on display at Kennesaw Mountain Visitor's Center).
Plant fiber/straw hat.

Civilian shirts. Hand-sewn in 100% fiber. Patterns must be woven, no prints, with hand sewn button holes.

Shell Jacket:
Jackets should be of jeans material, hand top stitched, and must have hand sewn button holes.

Orphan Brigade/Columbus Depot.
Atlanta Depot.
North Carolina Depot.
Milledgeville/Augusta Depot.
Mobile Depot.

Civilian Jean. Original patterns in grey, brown or black. hand top-stitching, with hand-sewn button holes.
Civilian Wool. Identified style, hand sewn button holes.
Military Issue. Identified style, stitching same as above.
Civilian. Any type of period civilian model with tin or brass buckles. No buckles of nickel-plated metal.
Canvas/Ticking. hand-stitched with hand sewn button holes.
An identified civilian or issue pattern with bone or wood buttons and hand sewn button holes.

Civilian socks, particularly hand-knitted cotton-wool.
Jefferson bootees/brogans. Confedrate issue.
English shoes or boots. Military or civilian style.
Identified civilian boots.
Federal issue brogans, limited use.

Jefferson bootees/brogans. Confederate Issue.
English shoes or boots. Military or civilian style.
Identified civilian boots.
Federal issue brogan, limited use.

Civilian blankets of 100% wool or jean, should be muted earth tones. No synthetic blends.
North Carolina Issue or other state in C. S. issue.
No Quilts.
Brown or grey captured U. S. issue blankets (brown preferred).

Captured shelter half, early war style (shorter version), 100% canvas with NO brass grommets or rope. Hend-sewn button holes, bone buttons. Limited use.
Gum Blankets/Ground Cloth:
Canvas, soaked in Linseed Oil.
Confederate States oil cloth. Canvas with oil or enamel paint.
Captured Federal issue items. Limited use.

Canvas bag of identified C. S. pattern. Button or buckle closure.
U.S. issue tarred type, with buckle and with inner bag. Limited use.

Wooden type. Made of cedar/cypress/cherrywood, etc. Various styles.
Tin Drum. Various sizes and styles, try to find a common identified type.
U.S. issue bullseye or smoothside with or without jean/wool cover.
English canteen.

Knapsacks (optional)
Mexican War Style.
Imported English. Issue Campbell and Co. maker.
Confederate issue/manufacture of any of above styles.
U. S. Issue double bag. Limited use.

Cartridge Boxes:
Any A.O.T. identified box.
Tarred canvas box, with or without sling. Limited use.
U.S. issue M 1855/61 box, no plate. Limited use.
Imported English box. Limited use.

Cap pouches:
U. S. M 1850 pouch. Limited use.
U. S. shield front pouch. Limited use.
Any A.O.T. identified pouch.
Tarred canvas A.O.T. pouch.
English Enfield pouch, white buff. Very limited use.

Bayonet Scabbard: (Bayonet shoud fit weapon chosen below)
Any identified A.O.T. frog and scabbard.
Imported English frog and scabbard.
U.S. regulation 7 or 8 rivet. Limited use.

Leather, preferrably black, with any A.O.T. belt plate of buckle. Frame type, rectangular CSA, clipped corner CS, forked tongue, roller buckle and Georgia Frame are all common.
Tarred canvas with above plates. Limited use.
Captured U.S. belt and plate. Very limited use.

WEAPONS All original muskets must be compatible to the era and be in proper working order.
P 1853 Enfield: Repros need proper modifications.
M 1855 Springfield: Repros need proper modifications.
M 1861 Springfield: Repros need proper modifications. (note: M 1863 Springfield is not appropriate).
1864 Richmond: Repros need proper modifications.
Austrian Lorenz: 54 cal., original in safe, working order.
Belgian Conversion: 69 cal., original in safe, working order.
Slings: Canvas or russet leather. Very limited use.

***No anachronisms-this includes modern eyeglasses, modern jewelry, wristwatches, etc. Smoking and tobacco use should be in period fashion only, such as plug tobacco and pipes (cigars are o.k. for officers). Cigarettes are not allowed.

If you are planning to attent next year's Picketts Mill event then this year's Living History is a good chance to see the park at a leasurely pace. Next year's event will probably be different.

If you have any questions send a PM or you can email me at


04-24-2007, 09:42 AM
I meant to type 2007 in the body. Yeah sometimes I still write 2006. So the Living History is on June 2, 2007. Sorry for any confusion.

~Herb Coats