Equipment of the 2nd Maryland

Note: Please talk to a unit member prior to ordering gear, weapons, or uniforms. We want to help make sure what you intend to purchase is correct.


The most important piece of gear you buy will be your canteen.   This is the only source of water to you while on the field.   Wearing wool uniforms, especially in the summer heat, is imparritive that you stay hydrated.   You will NOT be allowed to participate out in the field if you do not have a canteen.   Confederates wore a wide variety of canteens.   For our group, most period canteens are acceptable.   Canteens such as a Confederate wooden drum canteen, Union “smoothside” or Union “bullseye” canteen, or Confederate tin canteen are all acceptable.   Some canteens are tin with beeswax coating inside (to prevent rusting) and some are made from stainless steel (modern made metal).   For hygiene and longevity, Stainless steel is better.   Just make sure it is a coverved  Union “smoothside” or Union “bullseye” canteen.   With the cover, you can’t tell its stainless steel.

Represented is a (Left to right) Confederate Wooden Drum canteen, Confederate tin canteen, and a Union  “smoothside”  canteen.

Belt and Cap Box

You will need a leather waist belt and leather cap box.   Almost all sutlers carry this as stock items. The belt will carry your cap box and cartridge box (if you opt for no shoulder sling).   You will also need a either an  “oval” or  “rectangle” brass Maryland State Seal belt plate (preferred) or  “CS”  belt plate. Upside down  “US”  belt plates are  pemitted.


Represented is a brass oval Maryland State Seal belt plate.

Represented is a black leather  waist belt, brass oval Maryland State Seal plate, black leather cap box, and an enfield bayonet with frog and scabbard

Cartridge Box with sling carrier (sling carrier optional) 

You will need a leather cartridge box with a leather shoulder sling carrier (shoulder sling carrier is optional). The cartridge box attaches to the waist belt or they can be worn using the leather   shoulder strap. The cartridge box is where you will place your pre-made cartridges of powder.   This is worn on the belt or sling and to the right rear of your body. The brass cartridge box plate goes on the front of the cartridge box. The Maryland State Seal brass plate is preffered or no plate at all is acceptable.

Represented is a black leather  cartridge box with sling.   This box has a brass state seal plate(plate is optional).


The Haversack is a bag with attached sling that goes across your shoulder.   It carries your food rations, personal affects, and toiletries.   There are several types of haversacks.   The Confederate “Richmond Depot” version is preferred but the union “tarred” haversack, the Confederate linen/or muslin haversack, plain canvas haversack, and Carpet bag haversack are all acceptable.   You will also need a “period correct” tin cup.   The cup usually attaches to haversack.

Represented is a Richmond Depot officers haversack, a carpet bag haversack, and an Richmond Depot enlisted haversack.

Knapsack and Blanket Rolls

The knapsack is not a mandatory item as many Confederate soldiers preferred to use a simple blanket roll, but it does come in handy for events.   Acceptable knapsacks range from a pre-war style wood frame pack, Kibler pack, or a Union double pouch soft pack.  

Blankets, Ponchos, and Tents

You will need at least one period wool blanket (preferred), period quilt, or period coverlet.   There are several styles/types of blankets that were used and are  acceptable.   Wool blankets used during the period came in several colors depending on Confederate or Union issue.   Although many of these blankets are acceptable, we recommend your first blanket to be simply a grey wool blanket.   Ponchos or Rubberized “gum” Blankets are not necessary but come in handy as a ground cloth for your tent.   Ponchos, of course, offer protection from the rain. 

Examples of acceptable wool blankets.

From left to right: 1861  “emergency issue”  union blanket, standard grey wool issue blanket, and union calvarly blanket

Example of a homemade quilt

Tents will serve as your home while at an event.   Tents should be period correct and made of white canvas.   Enlisted ranks are authorized to use the issue “pup” tent (two shelter halves buttoned together to form one tent) or an “A” frame.   NCO’s are authorized to use the previous tents in addition to a “Sergeant’s Wall tent”.   Officer ranks are authorized to use all previously mentioned tents in addition to the “Officer Wall Tent”.


Shelter have made into a lean to.

Enlisted “A” Frame tents

Yup, it’s a “Dog Tent”, or “Pup Tent”!  Actually the name was coined because a Rev War soldier said that the tents were only big enough for a dog!