The waistbelt is the soldier's "utility belt". On it are hung his cap pouch, sometimes his cartridge box, his knife (if he has one), and his bayonet scabbard. Belts are usually available in either black or russet leather. They are fastened higher on the waist than 20th century belts - usually directly over the navel. For that reason, modern belt sizes won't apply when purchasing one. There are a range of buckle styles avalable, from the prosaic frame or roller buckle to the classic lead-filled oval brass buckle (pictured above). Of course, the stereotypical buckle for the Confederate soldier is a brass oval stamped with the letters "CS" (Confederate States). Early war militia frequently wore state seals on their buckles, such as the Georgia State Seal depicted above. It was also not uncommon for Confederates to sport a "US" buckle - taken from a dead enemy - sometimes upside down to deny any allegiance to the United States.

If you plan a Federal impression, get a black leather waistbelt with US oval buckle.

C & D Jarnigan & Co. (2000 prices)

 #273 US M1856 Waistbelt
(does not include buckle)

 #298A CS Belt Plate buckle for above

 #298 US Oval Belt Plate buckle for above

 #235 CS Waistbelt with Georgia frame buckle


Civil War bullet"Return Fire" to 3rd GVI Equipment Page
worth@ucla.edu, 1/16/2000