The Calvin Shedd Papers > Background > Uniform


Date(s) of Letter(s) Little, Henry F. W.  The Seventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion.  Concord, New Hampshire:  Seventh New Hampshire Veteran Association, 1896. 


September 29, 1862
October 10, 1862
October 12, 1862
Commissioned officers in the Civil War were expected to purchase the items necessary to make up their uniforms.  Shedd, while stationed in South Carolina, was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, Company A.  Although Shedd was proud of his achievement, he was also concerned about the cost of items needed to outfit himself in his new position.   At the same time his promotion was procured, his family farm was being foreclosed on and his wife and children were in great need of money.  In a letter dated September 16, 1862, Shedd writes: "I dont know how you will manage to live be sure & not let on about the date of my Commission recon the date from the time I am qualified I dont know the date yet get all you can out of the Town, the Govnt has got so many Soldiers that I expect the pay days will be more uncertain.  It will take all the pay I get this time for Uniform &c and shall have to borrow to send you by hook or crook." 

The ledger sheet pictured above lists some items that Shedd purchased in October and November, 1862, and their respective costs.  Some of the items were probably necessary to fulfill his uniform requirements.  In the several letters cited here, Shedd also mentions trading and buying certain items from other men in the regiment.