Pards, I have a question that someone may know the answer to. Southwest Virginia, in certain locations, was closer to Georgia than it was to Richmond. Richmond Depot was issued to Virginia a lot of Virginia troops, but their geographic location makes me curious. Documentation is hard to find for units in this area. My question is, was it possible that some of these guys were issued Columbus Depot items ( i.e. Jackets, kepis, accouterments, etc.)? I noticed in some photos of Kentuckians, some of those guys have Columbus Depot style jackets and kepis. Some Army of Tennessee buckles were even dug at Murfeesborough and Tullahoma that were thought to have been worn by the Kentuckians. The Kentuckians are very close neighbors to Southwest Virginians. Would it have been common to see Columbus Depot items in the Department of Southwest Virginia? A lot of units from that area did some campaigns in Tennessee such as Bull's Gap and Greenville, Carter's Depot, the battle at Unicoi, and others within the area. This is another reason why this question has me curious. Doing campaigns in Tennessee, could they have possibly gotten a hold of some Columbus depot items or any Army of Tennessee items( belt buckles or other items)? Any input would be much appreciated.
Justin S. Connor