Among surviving garments identified to Confederate enlisted men, the materials used in construction are largely jeans or at the very least cotton and wool combinations. Jeans is actually a reference to a type of weave. For example, you can have all cotton jeans. You can also have a combination of wool and cotton woven in such a manner that the predominately visible fabric is the wool. This is generally refered to as satinette. It is my opinion that the majority of Confederate enlisted clothing after 1862 consisted of fabric composed of wool and cotton combinations. There are exceptions to this. We know that later in the war, the Confederacy imported large amounts of English wool and all wool finished garments from Ireland and England. These garments seem to show up primarily in the ANV and earlier in the Trans.-Miss. They show very late (1865) in the Army of Tenn. My questions to the reenactment group involved in this discussion would be:(1) What unit is being portrayed and in what theater? and (2) What is the base line date for your impression?
The answers to these two questions can have a large influence on the style of jacket to be adopted and the fabric chosen to construct said jackets.
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