North Carolina Troops, December, 1864
By 1864 the state’s soldiers were feeling the effect of the blockade and the shortages at home. Nevertheless, the North Carolina Quartermaster’s Department still provided clothing, shoes and blankets as its resources permitted. Earlier in 1863, the state had purchased some ready-to-wear uniforms in Great Britain and these were still in reserve in May 1864. Additionally, the state had purchased large lots of “army cloth”, blankets and other supplies in England and these had arrived in Raleigh beginning in July 1863. While there is evidence that there were some uniforms made up of the “army cloth” in North Carolina during 1863-64, this fabric does not appear to have totally supplanted the use of domestically manufactured cloth in the uniforms made for the state in the last two years of the war.