The Sealed Knot
English Civil War Re-enactment

Becoming an Artillerist

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The Artillerist, and please note the spelling of Artillerie as opposed to Artillery, was the elite of the army. By necessity he was a cut above the average, probably educated, intelligent and deliberate by nature. Not for him the mad press of unwashed bodies, the frenzy of clubbed muskets; our gunner took effect from a distance, by virtue of his knowledge of science and his superior intellect.
As with the armies of The Civil Wars, so it is with The Sealed Knot today. There are several specialised units of artillerie, and you don't have to own a piece to join.

Below is a breakdown on the equipment worn or carried.

The basics.

Shirt - a plain calico or cotton shirt, with drawstring cuffs, small collar and no yoke. For those wishing to portray a wealthier "citizen-soldier" lace around collar and cuffs can be added according to price and taste.

Breeches - plain colours and designs are best, and lined breeches last longer. The material can be wool, with wool mix best for cleaning.

Hose & Socks - some thick stockings, made from jersey cloth, or seaboot socks are reliable alternatives from camping shops.

Coat - this is made in the regimental shade and as such is supplied by the Regiment to all members as one of the major parts of uniform. The coat is cut and made to the appropriate design, and lined with calico for strength and durability. Most members consider dry-cleaning the best option for preserving the colour, which can make for an interesting conversation point with your local dry cleaner, but otherwise a cool wash is advised.

Shoes - by far the best type that can be purchased for use are the current day designs of desert-style boots, always in a tan/mid-brown colour. Leather laces can replace any modern nylon fibre ones, and some members have been known to "convert" their footwear so that it resembles latchet shoes of the period. Shoes can be obtained from most high street shoe shops.

Belt - a good strong black or brown leather belt, available at markets or at our musters, to support your money pouch and your breeches.

Snapsack - either made out of leather, or hessian/calico material, this is the seventeenth century soldier's rucksack, and is valuable for carrying all manner of things.

Gauntlets - leather long-cuffed gloves that help protect the hands, traditionally of a brown/buff leather colour.

The prices for the above items may vary. Patterns are available to make your own, or you can often buy second hand items either from your Regiment or on "Traders Row".

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