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When the Civil War broke out both sides,more so the Confederacy,were totally unprepared for what was to come.Most States had their own militia,s ,{a bit like our T.A},some were well trained and armed others not so.These Militia units and former Federal Army soldiers,who had resigned to serve their home States,would form the core ,volunteers were called on to make up the bulk of the new Confederate Armies.

Men from all walks of life flooded to answer the call to arms,some thinking it would be a great adventure,some just wanted to fight most came because it was the right thing to do.many brought their own weapons with them,most were of an outdated make.Time would prove many were mistaking ,in their initial belief,s .But that was in the future,now they needed to be trained,not an easy task with the laid back attitude to discipline,rife in the new army .Most Confederate recruits new how to handle a gun,and were really good shots,but being a good shot was not all that was needed.So they endured hours of weapons drill,and how to maintain a weapon in the field.This and field craft ,were where the Confederate soldier came into his own,many were from rural backgrounds and new how to live of the land.

Camp life came as a real shock to the country boys,personal hygiene,well that was new,you soon learnt not to urinate ,in the water upstream from where your pals were collecting their drinking water.Disease killed and maimed hundreds in the first year,mumps,measles and chicken pox,something the towns folk had gotten more immune to,went through the rural boys like wild fire.Dysentery and cholera all took there toll.Eventually they got hardened to disease,and learnt that decent sanitary precautions cured the other ailments.
Clothing the new Army was proving to be a monumental task ,so Confederate Soldiers appeared in a myriad of uniforms and colors,not all of good quality either.It gave the impression ,to some ,that the Confederates were a rag tag bunch of meadow muffins.Union troops would soon find out ,that this reg tag motley crew were more than a match on the battlefield.

Although a lot of the senior officers came originally from the U.S Army,after resigning their commissions,and taking a higher rank in the Confederate Army.A vast number of the less senior Officers achieved their rank,through popularity among the men,or they bought a commission.Being ,in the main, merchants,plantation owners etc.,also more educated and wealthier they felt ,better suited being an officer.Again a lot were not up to the task,and as leaders were better than useless.As the war progressed ,the good ones came into their own,as exceptional leaders of men.

So into war went all this spectrum off Southern society,all in all they proved to be a tough and determined old bunch.For all their faults,they have been remembered in history as ,some of the finest foot infantry in any army.
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My rendition of the Volunteers
The local import merchant,in his youth probably served in the U.S Army during the Mexican Wars.Now fully prepared to fight for his State and possibly against old comrades His old sword belt now taken out of storage.His uniform would no longer fit,moths and a growing waist line seen to that.Having some money a large frame Colt Walker has been purchased.His fine clothes would suffice as a uniform for now .
He looks on in some disbelief,at the fellow beside him.Cocky confident and straight of the farm,the country boy has all he needs and owns.Home spun clothes,seen better days,shoes,never needed those .Bunk blanket roll ,keeps the chill of at night.He does have his own weapon,flintlock musket,been in his family for years,and a large bladed knife.both these weapons would prove useless in this war.But will have to do for now.Both men were Secessionist cockades,bit of a badge of honor and for the moment the only bit of uniformity they have.











That,s that saga over,thanks for looking
Cheers Gordon
 

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A fine, realistic presentation of recruits, Gordon! Handsome work on their clothing, and that flintlock looks first rate! (Made froma SST '42 musket, I assume?) The MAW sword belt is a nice touch - is that the new BGT Walker Colt he has? Thanks for another balanced history lesson to round them out!
 

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Thank you Mark and Mark for taking the time to comment.
Yes the country boy,s Musket is indeed a backdated 1842 Pat Richmond,his knife isa redone Dog Soldiers Viking knife with home made scabbard.
The fine looking gent has a BGT Walker Colt with a self made holster,his sword is a DiD modern Marine Dress version.I backdated it with hanging brackets ,to give it a more 1800,s look .I think it looks fine ,as these period style Officer type swords are as rare as hen,s teeth
 
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