A couple of shots from the Military Through the Ages Event in Fayetteville last month. A member of the North State Rifles provided the great impression. Incidentally, keep on checking their site for an interesting photo presentation on the uniform evolution of the North Carolina soldier.
This soldier wears the uniform prescribed by state regulations. Many companies raised after the time of North Carolina's secession in July 1861 wore this uniform, with variation with the head gear. According the state regulations, this uniform also was to be applied to all major service branches. The forage cap, false epaulets, and a stripe down the seam of the trowsers being the branch color; black for infantry, red for artillery, and yellow for cavalry. The head gear tended to vary, although state regulations called for a felt hat pinned on one side and a hat cord with branch color. Photographic evidence seems to suggest that the hat regs were never followed. Instead, there were variations on the forage caps. Here's another version of the impression from the North State Rifles site.
His converted percussion M1816 musket is an indicator that he was one of the initial state volunteers who was equipped with the arms available to the state. North Carolina had limited stands of available arms, and was quickly reduced to scrounging up muskets for its quickly forming regiments. Soon, new recruits would be receiving crudely converted percussion muskets, flintlocks, or whatever the state could provide.
The leather gear consists of possibly a pattern 1850 cap pouch, pattern 1839 cartridge box for the .69 musket, and bayonet scabbard. His tin drum canteen and haversack are patterned after US issue items used during the Mexican War period. The backpack rig seems to be of non-military fabrication.
This uniform seems to have only been issued during 1861, and probably completely disappeared from service by early '62, as material shortages within North Carolina started to affect uniform manufacture. Depending on the regiment, it would have been replaced either by the NC Depot jacket as the initial NC issue uniform, or the Richmond Depot jackets as subsequent issues. The shell jacket took less material to make, so it became the predominate uniform jacket type in Confederate service.