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British Imports

Soldiers on both sides in the American Civil War used ammunition, uniforms, and equipment made in Britain. Many a soldier fired bullets from Birmingham while wearing coats manufactured in London. We are here to help facilitate British Import impressions and to highlight a fascinating portion of Britain & America's shared history. 

Below are a number of items imported to both Union & Confederate armies along with their histories. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have, we would love to help you build or improve your impression. 

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Import Greatcoat

Various contractors constructed these coats for use by the Confederate Army using the same pattern and material as the British Army used at that time. Over the course of the war tens of thousands of these coats were imported, all with minor variations in colour and construction. These "English" greatcoats were noted for their uncommon quality and were highly sought after during the war. 

Years

CSA

USA

Uncommon

Common

1861-1865

British Army "Water Bottle" Wooden Canteen

Many of the canteens imported were actual British surplus,, some quite old. Documented examples can be found of both BO (Board of Ordnance) and WD (War Department) stamped canteens. We offer both Civil War surplus canteens with basic stamps as well as regimental marked canteens for British Army impressions. 

Years

BO

WD

Post 1854

Manufacture

Pre-1854 Manufacture

1850-1870

Stadiametric Rangefinder

Finding the range of your target was of prime importance during the Civil War, particularly with the unforgiving trajectories of the heavy low-velocity bullets in use. This lesson was not lost on the British Army, which quickly adapted its training methods to allow for distance estimation and the use of tools such as the stadiametric rangefinder. Americans, particularly officers, would need to go out of their way to acquire the tools to make them more effective soldiers. Here we have a recreation of Hans Busk's rangefinder produced by Holtzapfel & Co. Any officer or common soldier particularly disposed towards modern techniques in warfare, and with a few extra shillings, would have been most certainly inclined to purchase such a tool. 

USA/CSA

Officer/Enlisted

Years

1859-1870s

Both

Both