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Richmond Depot Jackets
Our replicas can be made with any appropriate material and combination of belt loops/epaulettes, or lack thereof. Commercial copies/commutation versions may be machine topstitched, but generally have all visible stitching by hand. They are lined in osnaburg, and feature Military Warehouse general service eagle buttons either sewn on, or driven through the material and held on with rings or a strand of cotton tape, both shortcuts frequently taken during the period. Other buttons, such as branch of service (block or script "I," "C," or "A") may be substituted upon request.
Worn in lieu of proper uniforms, or as part of the civilian's occupational costume, the overshirt was a common garment in the mid-19th century. Red, blue, grey, white, and striped flannel shirts are frequently found in merchandise listings of ready-made clothes dealers of the period, and photographic evidence shows that these were favored by firemen, sailors, and other manual laborers for their durability yet light weight.
Copied from the original used by Moses Alexander of Alabama, our haversacks are made enitrely by hand. The original was made of a plain white cotton, but we often make ours of woven-stripe ticking. They are fastened with a bone or metal civilian style button.
Ubiquitous, functional, and pretty -- these three words best describe the accessory that soldiers so frequently carried with them that it became one of their best friends on campaign. The sewing kit, affectionately known as the "housewife," was an item as individual and unique as the soldier himself.