Outfitting the Soldier
In order to produce an authentic impression of the life of the Civil War soldier, all reenactors of the 20th Maine provide their own authentic clothing, equipment, and accouterments. Basic equipment can cost $300-$1000. This is a financial commitment that takes time. While there is some loaner gear available we ask that soldiers have their own basic gear within the first year so that the loaner gear can be made available to new recruits. We ask that you work closely with the recruiting officer and other reenactors before you purchase anything.
Four Button Sack Coat
Foot Soldier Trousers (sky blue)
Jeff Davis Brogan Shoes
Wool Socks, two pair,
Period shirt cotton or wool
1861 Springfield or 1858 Enfield Rifled Musket with Bayonet
Equipment for the Campaign
US Canvas double sided Knapsack
Rubber or “Gum” Blanket
Tent, “Dog” or “A”
Federal Over Coat (Great Coat)
Personal Period Items
These were some of the personal things that many soldiers carried with them on the march. They bring authenticity and comfort to your impression and to the camp. We invite you to do your own research and use your imagination.
Housewife (sewing kit)
Period Pocket Knife
Quill Pen & Ink
Where to Purchase
All uniforms, equipment and accoutrements used in Civil War reenacting should be authentic and of quality. Sutlers followed the army on campaign selling food, dry goods and uniform accutrements. Today’s sutlers provide the reenactor with uniforms, equipment and accoutrements made from the same materials and to the same specifications. Pleasea ask your recruiting officer before you buy anything. We have a simple list of reliable sources.
Unit dues for the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry are: $30 for an individual or family.
In addition each member of the 20th Maine must also be a member of the ACWA.
ACWA dues for 2019 are:
Student w/ ID—$20
Couple (2 people)—$45
For More Information
Additional information and applications for the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry and the ACWA can be obtained by contacting:
Capt. D. Thomas Starr
Participation and Events
We have 5 Weekend Events with Encampment and Battles. One per month March, April, May, July and October at various sites throughout Northern and Central California. Participation is always optional; there is no penalty for missing events.
M1855 Cartridge Box with sling (black)
M1850 Cap Pouch
M1856 Waist Belt with US buckle
Haversack US Regulation Black Canvas
Canteen M1858 (stainless steel reproduction)
Large Tin Cup, Tin Plate, Knife, Fork and Spoon