Infantry Soldier-Tools of the Trade
The tools in this case are the parts of the infantry soldier's uniform and his accouterments
- Brogans-Made with leather-black and square toed.
- Dress Jacket-Used for dress parades and guard duty. Dark blue with white piping and double breasted row of buttons.
- Shako-Tall hat, made of wool with white cotton plume. Used as part of the dress uniform.
- Neck Stock-A Black Band of Leather worn around the neck. It helped (somewhat) to protect the soldier from saber wounds to the neck.
- Fatigue Cap or Wheel Cap-Made of wool with leather visor-the everyday cap of the soldier.
- Fatigue Jacket-made of wool-sky blue-with white piping
- Fatigue Trousers-plain, sky blue, wool-sergeants and corporals had stripes on their pants
- Cotton or Flannel Undershirt
- Bayonet Sling-made of white leather. Holds the bayonet.
- Bayonet-A metal spearlike weapon, detachable, and affixes to the ends of muskets and rifles. Used in hand-to-hand combat. Also used unofficially by privates as a spit, a tent peg, or a candleholder.
- Cartridge Box-made of black leather. Used to hold cartridges. Cartridges were cylindrical tubes of paper that contained a charge of black powder and a bullet or ball.
- Cartridge Sling-made of white leather. Used by the infantry to carry their cartridge boxes.
- Waist Belt-made of white leather. Goes around the waist and has a belt buckle attached.
- Whisk and Pick-used to clean black powder residue out of the pan and the touchhole of the musket.
- Musket-a long smoothbore weapon. The muskets used at Fort Scott were flintlocks.