The mission of the 69th NYSV Historical Association is to portray the men of the original 69th NYSV with honor and as accurately as possible. To that end, these authenticity guidelines have been created. These guidelines are based upon a large body of information regarding the uniforms and equipment of the Civil War. The overall objective is to create a list of standards to strive towards. While our equipment will never be perfect, it is important to have the research necessary to evaluate where we are at any given time. You will also find that some items are more important than others, and that you do not need every single item listed below to have a good impression.
Please understand that these guidelines were written not to exclude individuals from participating, but to share knowledge on material culture, methods and the man inside with our members. By explaining what is expected, the overall quality of the company’s impression will improve.
The 69th NYSV uses Casey’s Infantry Tactics as its official drill manual. Learn it, live it, love it. The best equipment in the world is wasted if you don’t know your drill. Copies are available through most sutlers and there are several online versions available as well. One of them is available from a living history organization called Sykes Regulars in their Library
The cost of the uniforms, muskets and equipment can mount quickly to well over $2,000. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you check with veteran members of the unit before purchasing anything. The hobby is constantly evolving, new vendors and manufacturers are constantly appearing, and disappearing. Also, we are constantly researching and finding new information on the uniforms and equipment of the 69th NYSV. Due to the fact that we are striving for a more uniform appearance, which is in keeping with how items were issued during the war, we have narrowed the sources somewhat. Please try to use the recommended sources.
The 69th NYSV authenticity guidelines are divided into five sections.