On
Uniforms, Accoutrements, and Kit.

Here is a list of items and how they are to be marked:

The heel plates of the musket - with the number of the battalion and regiment and numbered consecutively from 1 to 1000, or whatever the establishment may be. Thus: " 1 Bn. 24th. Regt. 297."

The hilts of swords and their scabbards - Ditto

Bayonets, scabbards, rammers, nipple wrenches, and muzzle stoppers - marked with consecutive numbers only. marks on bayonet scabbard to be on button and not on the brass moth-piece.

(All letters and numbers are to be ENGRAVED, and in no case punched or stamped on the arms (W.O. Cir. 582, 21st Aptil 1860))

All articles of clothing to be marked with the number and battalion of the regiment, and also the name and number of the wearer.

Tunic - marked with white paint, inside across the middle of the back.

Trousers - with black paint on the waistband.

Boots and shoes - marked by a branding iron with the number of the regiment and the regimental number of the wearer; the former on the underside of the peak and the latter inside the upper leather.

Great coats - marked inside the middle of the back with number or designation of regiment and also with the regimental number and name of the wearer. marked with white paint.

All the following articles are to be marked with the number or appelation of the regiment, the owner's name and number and the date of delivery, before it is issued from the quartermaster's store:

Knapsacks - regimental number in arabic numerals, painted in white in the centre of the back. number plates are to be furnished upon application.

Linen and Wollen articles - marks written on them in indelible ink.

Knives, forks, spoons, razors - marks to be engraved.

Canteens and Squad bags - marked with paint. Cutting, punching or branding forbidden.

Belts, pouches and slings - marked with number of regiment, batalion or corps and with date of issue on inside or back.

Blanket - field service for men (rather than horses); grey; six foot 2 inches by 5 feet; weight, 3 lbs 12 ounzes.

Waterproof covers - blanket of vulcanized india-rubber, with 6 eyelet holes; size, 6 foot 6 inches by 3 feet.  (Approved 21 Jan 1862).  Weight, 2 lbs 2 ounces.

3 types of tents available to the british Army at this time -

Hospital marquee - Pattern approved 15th July 1861, W.O. Cir. 704.

May also be used as a mess tent, consists of a double roof, a wall five feet high, a ridge pole, and three upright poles.  The wall is in eight seperate lengths, and each of the poles in two pieces.  The width inside is 15 feet, and the extreme length is 30 feet, the ends being semi-circular.  A bottom or floor of painted canvas, in four peices is issued in addition, when the tent is used as a hospital.

Valise, with roof and wall; 4'2" by 2'2" by 1'6" 356 lbs.
Bag, with 4 large pins, 180 small pins and 2 mallets; 1'9" by 1'6" by 1'6" 56 lbs.
Bundle of poles; 7'6" by 10" by 9" 121 lbs.
Bottom; 9'by 1' by 10" 191 lbs.


Officer's marquee -

This tent has a double roof, of linen duck outside and ticken inside, a double wall of similar materials, a ridge pole, 2 upright poles and two door poles; the outside wall and each of the poles is in two pieces.

Valise, with roof and wall; 3' by 1'4" by 1'4" 108 lbs.
Bag, with 4 large pins, 96 small pins and 2 mallets; 1' 9" by 1'2" by 1'2" 34 lbs.
Bundle of poles; 4'7" by 8" by 8" 44lbs.

Circular single -

This tent, also known as the bell tent has only a roof with a curtain at the bottom a few inches wide.  There is a wooden flooring, made in four quadrant shaped pieces, for use in permanent camp.

Valise, with roof, and bag containing 42 pins, and 2 mallets; 2' 8" by 1' 4" by 1' 62 lbs.
Pole, in two pieces; 5'5" by 4" by 2" 12 lbs.

Tents are now made of linen duck, and the cotton ones will be obsolete when the present stock is worn out. Double circular tents, with two roofs of linen, or one of cotton and one of linen, are occaisionally issued.

When on service in the field the Marquee tents may be not be used as quarters. 

Circular tents:

2 for each Field Officer
1 for each other officer.
1 for every 15 nco's and men.
2 for staff serjeants.
4 for guards.
1 f0r orderly room.
1 for quartermaster's stores.
1 for paymaster's office.