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"The anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Court House is an honored day among the people of old Guilford. . . . On this anniversary, the 15th of March, 1860, our officers received their commissions from Governor Ellis."
Captain John A. Sloan
Reminiscences of the Guilford Grays, Co. B, 27th N. C. Regiment
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While reenacting does require a rather large investment ($1500 or more depending on what and how much you purchase), the "hobby" does not require that everything be purchased at once. Normally, other members of the regiment will have additional gear to fill in what you need. A few recommended sutlers for your uniform, accouterments and weapon appear in the "Links" section on the lower right hand side of this page.
At the January 19, 2002, Annual Meeting the Guilford Greys implemented a dues schedule. The bulk of the dues goes to pay for each member’s Liability and Accident insurance that covers the member at the events in which we participate.
If you have any questions, please use the contact form on the right. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.
It normally takes new recruits a while to get outfitted as a member of the Greys. Most new members purchase their equipment over a period of months and use loaner equipment as needed. A list of recommended sutlers appears in our "Links" section on the right side of this page.
REMEMBER, all uniform styles, colors and material, as well as your accouterments and your musket need to pass approval by the Company commander. If you are not sure what to purchase, consult with the individual who sponsored you or with another current member before making a purchase.
It is recommended that you purchase your uniform and equipment in the following order.
Kepi (wool, Confederate gray with no color band) or slouch hat
7-9 button shell jacket: Confederate gray, no color trim. Jacket buttons should be one of the following: NC Sunburst, NC State Seal, or Confederate "I" button.
Pants: Wool, Federal Sky Blue
Shirt: Muslin, cotton, flannel, or calico period design
Socks: Wool, Gray, Black or Brown
Shoes: Jefferson Brogans
Eyeglasses: If you need glasses you MUST wear period glass eyeglasses and these should be one of the first things purchased. No plastic frames or modern style metal frames are allowed. Period frames can be purchased from sutlers and your optometrist can fit them with your prescription.
Cartridge Box with Shoulder Strap (tins optional)
2" wide leather waist-belt, black with oval CS or NC buckle
Scabbard and frog for bayonet
Canteen of any period design
3-band reproduction Enfield or Springfield recommended, with sling and bayonet.
It is recommended that you purchase either a 6' or 7' tall wedge ("A" frame) tent or a shelter (dog) tent, depending on how much room you want. Do NOT purchase a wall tent.
For your Federal impression you will need to add a Federal sack coat and Federal belt and buckle to the list. These should probably be your last items to buy. If you wear a slouch hat it can be used for both impressions, otherwise look for a Federal kepi or forage cap. If you purchase wisely, other items can double as Confederate and Union.
- Reminiscences of the Guilford Grays, Co. B., 27th N. C. Regiment - Read on-line or get a .pdf copy of Capt. Sloan's book from the New York Public Library.
- Civilian Wartime - Posts Tagged "Guilford Grays" - A blog about NC's Civilian Wartime experience (1861-1865) in the words of those who lived it.
- The Guilford Grays Collection - Greensboro Historical Museum collection of primarily secondary sources related to the Guilford Grays.