Infantry Soldier-Tools of the Trade

Infantry Soldier Model BrogansFatigue CapCartridge SlingBayonet SlingWaist Belt

The tools in this case are the parts of the infantry soldier's uniform and his accoutrements

  • 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 Wheel Cap Fatigue Jacket
  • Bayonet Sling - made of white leather. Holds the bayonet.

Infantry soldier with weapon
  • Bayonet - a metal spear-like 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.
Infantry Hunting Horn
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