Re: Hat Eagle/Pin
Anyone with soldering capabilities can refurb existing pins. 1/16" brass wire can be found at numerous sites on the interweb, my favorite is speedymetals.com.
On a side note, only a small percentage of what NJ Nick offers is listed on his site. Your best bet would be to email him directly.
Texas Ground Hornets
Texas State Troops
[HOUSTON] TRI-WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, October 28, 1863,
All ladies in Houston and surrounding counties who have cloth on hand, which they can spare, are requested to donate it to the ladies of Crockett for the purpose of making petticoats for the Minute Men of this county, who have "backed out" of the service. We think the petticoat more suitable for them in these times.