Confederate Cavalry Halters

This article originally published in the North South Trader’s Civil War, Sep.-Oct., 1996. For the collector, reenactor, and researcher, the “Confederate-made” halter has been one of the more obscure and elusive, items of cavalry horse equipments. Many tens of thousands were manufactured by the Southern government during the war, yet few, if any, documented Confederate […]

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Confederate Drill Manuals

  CAVALRY/ARTILLERY MANUALS USED BY MOUNTED FORCES OF THE CONFEDERACY                                                                 Compiled by Ken R Knopp The eleven manuals listed below are some of the known tactical manuals employed by the cavalry, artillery and mounted infantry of the Confederate Army during the War Between the States. Each is listed by its author’s name. […]

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Confederate Horse in Camp & Field

                                                THE CONFEDERATE HORSE IN CAMP AND FIELD                                                                        By Ken R Knopp   The legendary if not romantic image of the Southern cavalier is one of a dashing mounted Knight boldly and tenaciously fighting with chivalrous good humor until finally exhausted and over come by the sheer weight of the numerically superior Yankee […]

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Reenactor: Ten Ways to Find the Authentic Experience

                         TEN WAYS TO FIND                    THE AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE                                                                        By Ken R Knopp                                        Originally published in the Camp Chase Gazette (July 2010 Issue)   Do you want to get more enjoyment from your reenacting experience? Well, first humble yourself! Keep an open mind. No one alive today knows what […]

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Specs of a Richmond Arsenal Officer’s Saddle

CONFEDERATE OFFICER’S JENIFER SADDLE Richmond Arsenal, c. Spring 1862-Dec.1863       Authenticity/Provenance Appraisal by Ken R. Knopp Surviving Confederate Ordnance Department documentation and the saddle’s physical evidence indicates that this saddle is a Confederate Richmond Arsenal officer’s pattern saddle finished at the Clarksville Virginia Ordnance Harness Shops sometime between the Spring of 1862 and […]

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The Richmond Arsenal “Troopers” Skeleton Saddles…

SUMMARY OF THE RICHMOND ARSENAL PRODUCTION OF “SKELETON” SADDLES FOR C.S. TROOPERS By KEN R. KNOPPThe descriptions below represent the most commonly manufactured “Skeleton” saddles for trooper’s use as prescribed by Richmond Arsenal authorities. Officer’s saddles differed greatly. NOTE: Wide variations of leather, hardware and even tree configurations used in Jenifer and McClellen trooper’s skeleton […]

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