A soldier's recollection of this uniform, published in Fred Todd's AME, (Vol III, p 620) does not specify that it was a regimental uniform for the 12th Alabama. This account says that their measures were taken in Richmond during September 1861 and the uniforms were recieved in November 1861. This leaves open the possibility that it was a uniform purchased by a single company and not issued to or purchased by the entire regiment. In this case it is possible that the "scissor tailed" uniform reflects the military taste of the company or its commander. Local identity was important to Confederates and in the early part of the war some companies resisted efforts to get them into regimental dress. Certainly I have found no specific evidence of regimental issues of uniform to the 12th Alabama for this period.
More research needs to be done to establish whether this was a regimental or company uniform. Further evidence may be in the full version of the story of the "scissor tailed" uniform that Todd drew on. Does anyone know where Fred Todd found this account? R. E. Park of this regiment published a diary and recollections in the Southern Historical Society Papers. The notes I made from this years ago are pretty scant. Has anyone looked in there to see what he says? Look forward to the unfolding story.
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