55th REGt. COMPy. of LIGHT INFANTRY
Uniforms & Accoutrements.
Here is a list of the basics needed to get started. Before purchasing any items please contact a member, to see if the items conforms to unit specifications. We understand that getting involved in re-enacting can be expensive, and we all have started there at some point, the group does have many loaner items available for those interested.
Shoes – It is encouraged that members try to get period buckle shoes as soon as possible, but plain black, leather dress/casual shoes are acceptable while in “trial” period / first year. Suppliers for shoes are Jas. Townsend and Sons. and Fugawee Shoes
Stockings, white, natural, or gray wool – Not very necessary, as your lower legs are always covering by leggings. Cost varies depending on whether you buy wool or cotton.
*Green wool leggings – Required upon joining. These are easily made (if you are not handy sewing, Corpl. Still makes them) and only require purchase of material. $15-40 for about a yard of wool, that can be used for your regimental facings. These are tied with scrap madder red cloth.
*Breeches, unbleached linen or red wool – Madder red wool it preferred, natural linen is allowed.
*Shirt, white linen or checked white and blue/black – These can be bought or made. Linen is preferred, but cotton is acceptable. Most members eventually get one of each.
Black Neckstock – Men rarely went out without a neckstock, carvat, or neckerchief. These are made easily. Otherwise can be purchased. The neckstock clasp we use is available from Najecki Reproductions.
*Sleeved and cuffed regimental waistcoat – The light infantry of the 55th Regt. took the sleeves from their Regimental coat and sewed it their waistcoat, creating a sleeved waistcoat.
*Jockey Cap – These were made from the cocked (tricorn) hat, for better use in the woods. The unit has a pattern for making these.
*Belt and frog of leather – You can make your own or purchase one from The Discriminating General. Must be tan or buff coloured, no white or black ones.
*Cartridge box, waist – Unit provides for cost of $10, or can lend to member for first year, you can make your own.
*Land pattern musket or lightinfantry/carbine – Preferred is the light infantry carbine available from Loyalist Arms. Long Land Pattern Bess or 2nd model brown bess are acceptable.
Sleeveless regimental coat – Not needed until after first year. Madder red wool, green wool, buttons, leather for ball pockets.
Blanket - white, British army surplus blankets with GR and broad arrow, or purchase one from Rob Stone.
Tumpline - Made of webbing. Make your own or contact Corpl. Still or Pvt. Still to purchase one.
*haversack – Make your own or purchase from Najecki Reproductions or from Corpl. Still. The haversack is used to carry rations.
wallet – Made from natural linen. Make your own or purchase one.
*Canteen, covered with green wool – It is recommended that one purchases the stainless steel kidney canteen, but tin is more correct. Tin requires more care, which is difficult when covered with wool cloth.
Powder horn – Powder horn prices vary.
*Minimum items necessary to field at an event.