Camps and Tentage


Click on Image: A-Frame Tents, Sgt Wall Tent, Officers Wall Tent, Dog Tent or Shelter half

Camps should be segregated by type. Campaign ( bedrolls, shebang's, and dog tents ) should be on the extreme outer perimeter of the company streets. A-tents should be closer to the Battalion camps. Supernumerary tents ( walls and sibleys ) should be at the top of the company streets. Tent flies should not be erected in the company streets. Company streets should be kept clean at all times. No visible anachronisms should be visible. This includes coolers, cans, bottles, plastic bags, sleeping bags etc. These and like items should be kept in a tent or covered with a period blanket or ground cloth. There are ways to disguise modern containers. It only takes a few extra seconds. Eggs can be put into a basket or bowl and covered with cloth. Salt, pepper, sauces, milk etc. must be placed in period vials or bottles. Speckleware is not authentic. This includes plates, cups, coffee pots etc. There are a few types that are closely authentic but historic documentation must be included if you plan to use them. Its best to stay away from them. Tin and glassware is authentic and economic. Drinks should be poured from modern containers inside a tent or other concealed place and brought out afterwards. Coolers concealed in a box should be opened only when the public cannot see. Virtually all food can be stored in jars with a piece of cloth and string tied to hide the modern lid. Authentic cigarettes were rare and costly. Modern cigarettes are not permitted. If you must smoke, try a pipe or cigar. Dependents of soldiers are strongly urged to camp in designated civilian camps. They are expected to conform to these guidelines as well. Flags should be made of period fabrics and be authentic to the unit being portrayed. Remember most militia flags were retired early in the war.