Am looking into getting myself a new uniform by Shiloh, as my current uniform is an incorrect late-war affair. I portray a member of Freeman's Battery, Forrest's Artillery. Freeman's was not formed until fall of '62, and so I'm looking for references for an enlisted man's CS artillery uniform, that would be correct for Shiloh. The other thing is that I'll want to wear this uniform to a lot of future events, and want something that will be acceptable. I had thought about one of the Washington Artillery uniforms, but didn't know how correct it would be for my impression. As a note: John W. Morton, in his book "The Artillery of Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry" mentions several times recieving new uniforms from the folks at home, and also mentions being clad in a "handsome artillery uniform" at Ft. Donelson. Granted, he was a Lieutenant at the time.
As I frequently work the forward positions on the gun, I am required to wear a coat, and as I would like to improve the authenticity of my kit, I would like to make a good, serviceable western confederate artilleryman's uniform. I don't want anything overly fancy, but would like to know what patterns and fabrics would be the most acceptable, trim options, buttons, & etc... Any help, references, regulations, and especially photos of pre-shiloh confederate artillerymen or surviving specimens would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks for your time,