Post by AndyGerman on Nov 18, 2009 18:30:36 GMT -5
That photo is guaranteed to perplex because we represented a nonstandard unit in late 1864. Some had captured federal halters and 3- or 5-buckle bridles with curb bit. Some, like me, had Confederate halter bridles with buckle-on forged trooper bit. Some had separate Confederate halters and bridles, or civilian gear. Saddles were a mix of McClellans, Texas Hopes, and in my case an Atlanta Arsenal Hope-style. Some gear was russet and some was iron-dyed.
You ask what was standard. In federal service the McClellan was the standard saddle throughout the war (though some other saddles were used in specific units at specific times). The federal standard was also a halter with leather lead strap and often a link strap attached, and a 3- or 5-buckle bridle with curb bit. Watering bits were commonly issued as well, with toggles to attach to the halter.
Check Ken Knopp's Web site and book to get the scoop on Confederate tack, which depends on time and theatre.
Post by mikeschramm on Nov 18, 2009 22:44:38 GMT -5
You answered my questions.
I should have not used the word "standard" as I was rally wondering which saddle style held the majority in this group of 30. I thought I saw some Macs, but I was not sure if they were Jennifers or some other type of saddle (as you pointed out, the unit is/was non-standard).
Post by AndyGerman on Nov 19, 2009 21:05:16 GMT -5
Glad that helped.
Saddlewise, the McClellan, either captured federal or Confederate production, would likely be the best choice for eastern Confed. The Jenifer (in various configurations) was commonly issued from fall 1862 to maybe summer 1863, but it was superseded by the Confedarate McClellan.
For western Confed., the Jenifer does not seem to have been so common, so a Mac or Hope or Atlanta Arsenal (by 1864) would be best.