This book is written by a noted authority on the subject (Ron Field) and is lavishly illustrated with over 150 colour and black and white photographs as well as artwork commissioned from leading military artists. This books is an essential reference source for everyone with an interest in military history, as well as collectors, re-enactors, wargamers and military modellers. This is an essential book for all with an interest in the Confederate Army of 1861-1865. It is a thorough analysis of the rebel Army at this time of the national crisis with chapters detailing the uniforms and equipment of the regular army, including infantry, cavalry and artillery,There are also chapters on the many colourful militia regiments raised to swell the Southern Army, including Zouaves.
In these volume of Brassey's History of Uniforms, Confederate uniforms are examined in terms of style, quality and color. What emerges is a fascinating glimpse at both governments' "make do" efforts, ranging from the exotic to the hilarious.
The description of the Confederate uniforms is arranged by state, detailing uniform variations and how each state met the challenge of clothing its soldiers,uniforms issuance from initial local supply through to state quarter master manufacture for South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and Maryland.
EX;Mississippi, for instance, was virtually destitute of cloth supplies by February 1861. But the state took over the textile industry and had its prisoners work making uniforms.
I would like to recomend American Civil War: Union Army by the same author Robin Smith and also a great book by another authority William C. Davis his book Fighting Men of the Civil War (Rebels & Yankees)