Re: Ok here is a question posed to our very astute cw historians cs patterns
Hey Tom. I'm sure there are those who know more about this than I and will chime in, but the answer seems to be pretty simple I think.
The Confederacy had better things to do. They needed to procure armament, try to create consensus out of a congolmeration of states suspicious of any move towards centralization, and had to deal with almost immediate territorial, campaign and strategic issues that really saw no let up for 4 years. The Federal government was in a much better position both economically, industrially and politically (with a much more accepted centralized approach) to enforce more strict uniform regulations, and could probably turn away or refuse non-compliant products if necessary. Event then, though, remember that there were several "variations" even in just the US fatigue blouses (ex - Cincinnati, Schuykill, Martin contract, etc.), plus various "State" jackets that were not exactly in line with the Federal regulations except by virtue of their color.
But anyway, I honestly believe the Confederacy was happy to be getting ANY uniform items from all their various available sources as long as there was some semblance of uniformity (namely, the color). Trying to enforce uniformity would have been akin to herding cats. I think the Quartermaster Dept was busy enough just focusing their energy and efforts on foodstuffs, accoutrement and arms for the armies in the fields. Trying to force regulation everywhere would have deflected energies best used for more important and critical supplies.
Just my 2 cents. Keep your powder dry.
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