By Austin Williams, 5th VA Co. A
One of the most challenging aspects of accuratly protraying Confederate infantry is the wide variation in uniforms and equipment based on location and period in the war. A member of the Army of Northern Virginia in 1862 looked vastly different from the same individual in 1865. To improve the authenticy of your impression, you should strive to match your kit to the period being protrayed. Understanding that many reenactors cannot afford to own multiple sets of different gear or want to prioritize the order in which they upgrade to campaigner quality items, the following guide will help you build a versatile impression by swapping out a few key items for a particular event. These are guidelines only and do not take the place of solid research.