The coverage of men's accessories, such as cravats, tobacco pouches, and smoking caps is the best part of the book, as it is a subject that does not receive much attention from other books dealing with men's fashions of the 19th century. Now that there is a rise in the amount of participation with male civilian reenactors and solder reenactors wanting to improve on their impression by securing small items that give them personality, these are the types of items that almost any tailor or seamstress can create and provide to other living historians.
Civil war Gentlemen is recommended for anyone that does not have any information regarding men's fashions during the mid-19th century. The information provided in the text will be rewarding for anyone wishing to create clothing from the period, especially unique accessory items that are difficult or impossible to find through available sutlers. --Smoke and Fire News, August 1995
This useful, detailed compilation of original source materials on military and civilian garb from the Civil War period is interesting to peruse and review; however, use of the material presented requires extensive knowledge of patterning and period construction. Reenactors and theatrical costume designers will appreciate the material and the applicability of the information for their profession. Some of the period tailoring techniques are explained, but they are not adapted for contemporary construction methods. The well-chosen drawings and photographs are clearly identified in the written commentary. This book is an excellent source for a narrow set of research professions. Just for browsing, the book will interest Civil War buffs, who will be entertained and indeed enlightened about the more mundane concerns and everyday life of the gentlemen of the period. General readers; graduate students; researchers; professionals. --CHOICE Magazine, April 1995
With the increased interest in the 19th century, many people are discovering Civil War reenacting. With this interest comes a thirst for knowledge on 19th century uniforms and clothing. While a great deal is known about uniforms, there is a lack of information on period men's apparel. This was until now, thanks to Civil War Gentlemen: 1860s Apparel Arts and Uniforms.
This interesting book educates the reader on 19th century men's clothing. Starting with civilian clothes this book includes a reprint of "Salisbury's System of Actual Measurement and Drafting". The Salisbury system details a variety of men's and boy's coats, vests and pants. Other areas covered by this volume are boys' clothing, different styles of shirts, and men's accessories.
The section that most reenactors will find informative is on Civil War clothing. Included are photographs of soldiers, illustrations of clothing, and excerpts from the Army regulations for 1861.
Civil War Gentlemen: 1860s Apparel Arts and Uniforms is an interesting and informative book. For anyone wishing to do a 19th century civilian impression this would help meet research needs. --Civil War News, May 1996