Sorry to keep posting questions concerning the uniform of Cavalry officers, but if I'm going to be a re-enactor I want evrything and I do mean everything to be 100% accurate for the time frame of the Little Bighorn in 1876. This includes the way the horse would be outfitted. I don't own a horse, but there's a place here in Georgia not far from where I live that rehabilitates abused and sick horses. I'd like to have a photo taken of myself wearing a Captains Uniform in the 7th as it would have appeared at the Little Bighorn and sitting on one of those horses that was rehabilitated. My question is; how is the horse outfitted with regards to the bed rolls, tin cup, carbine holster and saddle bags ect? Does anyone have a diagram of how these things are placed and attached?
Thanks for any help,
P.S. The name of the place where the horses are rehabilitated is Begin Again Farms. In one of the photos of the horses, in the background there's a hill at the farm that bears a striking resemblance to LSH!
Dan: There was a series (three volumes I think) od books written by a fellow named Randy Stephan that came out many (20?) years ago. He follows cavalry equipment throughout the 19th and the first part of the 20th centuries. I don't have them. I remember them being quite expensive. I hay even had the name wrong. But I thumbed through them once and I think it would answer most of your questions. Stephan, if that is his name, has passed away, but I also recall reading reviews of his work and I thought them quite favorable. You might check a real good library, perhaps in Atlanta, and they could probably dig them up for you.
concerning the uniform of Cavalry officers, but if I'm I want evrything and I do mean everything to be 100% accurate for the time frame of the Little Bighorn in 1876. This includes the way the horse would be outfitted.... My question is; how is the horse outfitted with regards to the bed rolls, tin cup, carbine holster and saddle bags ect? Does anyone have a diagram of how these things are placed and attached? Thanks for any help, Dan
Dan, Check out this web site. It will give you a lot of good info that you are seeking; If you are going to be a re-enactor.
Post by diggerodell on Jul 20, 2011 8:09:40 GMT -5
shauns saddels in san angelo outfits all our 4th calvary horses and dose a good job at a reasonable price . his number is 325 659 9747 he builds mcllen replicas verry nicely. also look in cooks calvary manual it has the specs there
Post by topkick1833 on Sept 17, 2011 9:22:58 GMT -5
Great to hear we are getting more living historians out there for this time period. The saddle for a Captain will vary depending on who you are portraying. The majority of the saddles used by the 7th at LBH were NOT 1874s. 59s that had been modified by the company saddler or 72s would be the way to go if you want to be 100% accurate. Now there was a few 1874s with the 7th. Big difference in the 72 and 74 is the safes and brass hardware vice the older iron style. There was also a few changes to the wood tree. The key piece of intel on all of this is that the first 1874 saddles did not leave the arsenal until 1876. Again there was a few 1874s with the 7th. Some of the test models had been sent out to the the 7th, like 20 saddles I think?
Saddlebags should be the CW era 59s. Headstall, bit and halter should all be CW pattern equipment. Same deal for the saddle blanket, the blue blanket with the orange stripes. Make sure you think about feed sack, blanket roll, picket pin and line, sidelines etc. All those things will need to be considered for an accurate impression. Check out Border States Leatherworks for pricing on the above gear. Doug Kidd makes a really nice 72 saddle.