Welcome to Civil War Sutler

                         About Us at the Civil War Sutler

Good day to you folks I would like to start by introducing ourselves.

As the Civil War Sutler Run by Lisa & Geoff we have been re-enacting for well over twenty years, we live in deepest darkest Dorset in the U.K not far from Corfe Castle. Lisa started out re-enacting as a Vivandiere who were a daughter or wife of an officer in a regiment during the American civil war,  back in the 90s,  Geoff worked his way through the ranks in the infantry and eventually voted in as a lieutenant in the 28th Massachusetts, we have also spent time in the States as part of an artillery crew using 10 and 12 pounder cannons, as well as being involved as extras in film work in our time.

As living historians, we always had trouble in obtaining some of the equipment and the quirky items of stuff that makes a camp, so unless you travelled to the Americas and went to the sutlers it was going to be unobtainable especially in the early days before the internet really took off.

Lisa had started out by selling a few handmade shirts and sewing buttons on etc for soldiers as a Vivandiere did back in the day outside the A- frame tent in the street and later a large shelter half.

Around 2005 the Civil War Sutler was born and in 2012 we become Registered Firearms Dealers for section 1 &2, then we grew into what we are today, having made lots of contacts with historical collectors and museums in the states using originals to copy from making different uniforms and equipment, eventually suppling stage and film work like the C.W film Cooper Head, the BBC Little Women, Professor and the Madman as well as suppling Ardman studios and Indigo films in the U.S.S Constellation fight for freedom and many other productions I cannot think of.  Disney is among one of the suppliers we can now add to the ever increasing list.

For the most part this has been an exciting journey for us making friends and acquaintances all over the world, and as living historians we like to look beyond the gear as this comprises your impression and its good to have a knowledge how the equipment evolved and why.

Update 19 April 2024

Uniforms are coming along nicely and working on Aprils now which will be ready towards the end of May

We have also received the US Cavalry Swords which we have been waiting for almost a year for and are also available on the website

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