he sutlers, or suppliers,
listed on this
page have outfitted
the men of the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry over the years.
They have generally provided the soliders in our ranks with quality
goods, reliable service, and fairness in all dealings.
through the mail, be forewarned: most of these suppliers are small
outfits, and it is not uncommon for certain items to take weeks, if not
months, to arrive at your door. We
recommend asking for an estimated
delivery time when placing your order.
need something right
away, you can probably obtain it at an event, but merchants on "sutler
row" in general tend to sell less authentic goods at higher prices than
you will find online or by mail order. A good rule of thumb is to plan
ahead, shop carefully, order from recommended sources, and be willing
to wait for delivery. You will be rewarded for your patience with
authentic and durable gear that will serve you well for many years.
always be sure to tell the supplier that you are a member of the 28th
Massachusetts and that your impression is Mid War. This can sometimes
make a difference in what the supplier provides you.
Veteran members of the 28th Massachusetts
are generally your
most reliable source of information about what items to buy and from
whom. They know from experience which suppliers offer the best
combination of authenticity, durability, service and value. Many of the
listed suppliers, although their answers to your questions may
sometimes be self-serving, can also offer you helpful advice.
Good deals on used items
can sometimes be found on the Classified Ads for Military Items
CWReenactors.com and occasionally even eBay. Before buying or bidding,
however, it's always a good idea to run your potential purchase by a
veteran member of the 28th. That way, you won't get stuck with an item
that isn't right for your impression or won't be satisfactory in the
Recommended Sutlers for Maximum Historical
Many of these merchants specialize in only a
handful of goods
and make them one at a time by hand, copying original specimens or
adhering to authentic patterns.
Randall Quartermaster (John Wedeward)
sack coats. Does not maintain a stock;
custom orders only.
- Carter & Jasper
of quality reproduction goods, including Joe Blunt uniforms and Duvall
Daley Historical Reproductions
Top quality uniforms, drawers, great coats, NCO chevrons, shelter
halves and shirts. Excellent goods, but sometimes slow to respond.
- Claude Sinclair
Highly recommended Federal Oil Blanket (ground cloth).
Cap pouches, cartridge boxes and belts.
Forage caps and slouch hats.
- Duvall Leatherwork
A full line of well researched leather accoutrements.
specializing in accurate handmade reproductions of
leather goods. Also sells other high-quality items from respected
- Galla Rock Shirt &
Custom-sewn and ready-made uniforms, based on accurate patterns and
with many hand-sewn details. Check out the Federal enlisted uniform
Highly recommended brogans and boots.
Boots and brogans.
Boot & Shoe (Robert Serio)
boots, brogans, knapsacks and
- N.J. Sekela Historic
One of the most meticulous makers of high quality, accurate
reproductions. Highly recommended J.T. Martin Contract Fatigue Blouse
sets the standard for sack coats. Lincoln private purchase McDowell
visor forage cap and leather goods are also excellent.
Sutler of Gettysburg
Top quality uniforms, headwear and accoutrements from respected makers,
Jodi Nolan and Jim Warehime.
Brook Co. (Chris Sullivan)
Highly recommended Deering contract, Schuylkill Arsenal, and officer's
private purchase trousers. Also takes used articles on consignment and
frequently has high-quality used goods for very reasonable prices. One
of the most responsive, helpful, and honest sutlers in the business.
- The Superior Cap Co. (Mike
Handmade McDowell visor forage caps priced lower than those from other
- Village Tinsmithing Works
Purveyor of fine copper, brass and tinware.
- Wambaugh, White &
High quality sutler carrying a wide range of accurate reproduction
period goods. Offers uniform package deals and garment kits
for those who like to do their own sewing.
Firearms and musket "defarbing" services. One of our recruits took the
field at his first event with a Zimmerman-made Enfield rifle, leaving
many a veteran wanting his own.
Recommended Sutlers for Basic Historical
Most of these companies are full-line
sutlers from whom you
can obtain a musket and most if not all of your basic "kit" (i.e.
uniform and accoutrements).
& D Jarnagin
One of the primary outfitters of the 28th Massachusetts over the years.
Carries a full line of goods. Its gum blankets, knapsacks and tin ware
are of exceptional quality.
Good full-line sutlery. Wide selection of firearms. Nice federal Type
II shelter half tent. Hand sewing on some uniform items. Reasonable
prices and reliable service.
Full-line sutlery seen at many events.
and reliable service.
Shelter halves and "A" tents. Not as authentic as some, but extremely
well made and durable.
Well-known full-line sutlery often seen at events. Large selection of
goods with an increasing focus on historical accuracy. Still better to
see the goods in person than to buy them by mail.