Meeting of January 8, 2004
Lance Belcher is a young man who
does Civil War re-enactments and also portrays Civil War
soldiers to groups like Pastfinders. He entertained us as
a Confederate Civil War surgeon several years ago. This
time Lance was a Confederate Infantry Man from the 7th
He had an 1842 Springfield
smooth bore muscat that fired a .69 caliber ball. It was
a Union weapon that was "acquired" from an
arsenal or from a dead soldier.
His hat was his own personal
hat. His shirt was issued and was made of a blend of wool
and cotton and was of course texture. It was more brown
than gray but he said there was always a problem getting
the proper dyes. His shirt had all wooden buttons except
for one original brass button.
His canteen was a Union canteen.
It was shiny brass but he said at one time it had a wool
cover that could be wet to keep the contents cool but it
had since rotted away. He had a tin cup to drink from.
Over his shoulder and across his
chest he wore a bed roll tightly wrapped around all of
the posessions that he had. Perhaps they included
underwear and socks. His was made of period materials by
his aunt. It was all he had to protect himself from the
elements; they didn't have tents. He did say that some
had "shelter halves" which could put together
and set up between two muscats stuck in the ground, each
half carried by a separate soldier. There was hardly room
for both men in the tiny tent that they constructed.