Civil War Era
There are many things that drive men to fight in wars, and rarely are they so simple or so cut-and-dry as to be laid down as just one reason. The American Civil War was no different. This war began in 1861 and ended in 1865, was among the most costly of American wars in terms of human life, although it is also a defining point in our nation's history and heritage. And that is why it gets its own category, here at Dark Knight Armoury. On the onset, many would say that this war was fought about slavery, and to a degree, many would be right, but it was also fought about states' rights, legal secession, unity, and so much more. Division between the once-United States consisted of the Union, which included northern states and Border States, such as Missouri, Kentucky, Delaware, and Maryland, and the Confederacy, which consisted of all Southern states. The first battle fought in the war was fought at Fort Sumter, in April of 1861, and many more were to follow in the four long years of Civil War that would embroil the nation. A total of 8,000 'hostilities' were said to be exchanged during the course of the Civil War, over many memorable battles, and of those many conflicts, 384 were large enough to be considered at least limited in size, involving small detachments of armies. Among the more famous battles are the two Battles of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas and Second Manassas, as well as the Battle of Gettysburg, which gave rise to the famous speech delivered by President Lincoln on Thursday, November 19, 1863, four and a half months after the battle had been fought. The end of the war came on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox, Virginia, where commander of the Confederate army, General Robert E. Lee, surrendered unconditionally to his contemporary, General Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union armies. There was still much to come, though, for this war had a high cost. Among soldiers, casualties are listed as high as 750,000, with an unknown number of civilian losses...and the war left the South in shambles. It was, before, during, and after, a turbulent time in our country's nation, but one that influenced our course, and still remains a powerful force, even to this day. And at Dark Knight Armoury, we offer a number of items, ranging from costume pieces, to a soldier's attire, to garments and accessories fit for southern gentility and more, to ensure that if you so desire, this Civil War period can be easily recaptured, for learning, for historical revival, and for pride in our nation's great history.


 

Civil War Pistols

Civil War Pistols

Reel-guns and six-shooters were not a new invention at the onset of the American Civil War, but the reliability and portability of these firearms throughout the conflict probably helped to solidify their reputation into what would become one of the most iconic firearms of the American Wild West. And at Dark Knight Armoury, we carry a number of authentic looking Civil War pistols.
 

Civil War Rifles

Civil War Rifles

Civil War rifles are in short supply...but for those looking to own one, Dark Knight Armoury can provide. And not only do these replica rifles look realistic, but they're also amazingly safe to use, which makes them not only a stellar display piece for your home or office, but also a great gun to tote around when you need something as authentic as it is harmless!
 

Civil War Swords and Sabers

Civil War Swords and Sabers

Even if firearms were the typical weapon of the day, that didn't mean that sabers and swords had vanished from the battlefield completely during the American Civil War. Any one of these Civil War swords and sabers would have served as an officer's weapon, used as a symbol, as well as an effective weapon for the officer or cavalry rider to wield, should their pistol jam or the rifle run out of ammo.
 

Civil War Clothing

Civil War Clothing

The style of clothing found during the American Civil War era is iconic and distinctive, so much so that it is almost immediately recognizable, whether you're addressing a soldier or a southern belle. And at Dark Knight Armoury, we offer a selection of great Civil War clothing, so that when it comes to your favorite era, you can recreate the look with ease!
 

Civil War Patches and Badges

Civil War Patches and Badges

A cloth patch, a sewn on insignia, and a pinned on badge are sometimes more than just personal decoration. In the case of military, these emblems are often indicative of rank, making them an integral part of your attire. And the same is true of our Civil War patches and badges, making them a perfect addition to your Union or Confederate soldier and officer attire!
 

Civil War Buckles

Civil War Buckles

Belt buckles can make for intriguing little costume accessories, as well as fine little collectibles, if you can get one from your preferred era. And if you're a history buff who loves American history, these Civil War buckles are sure to be right up your alley, as they recreate the look and overall feel of the same accessories that Civil War soldiers, both Confederate and Union, would have worn!
 

Civil War Re-enactment Accessories

Civil War Re-enactment Accessories

There is a lot more that goes into reenactment, including so much more than just clothing. Attitude matters too, but accessories are key. And at Dark Knight Armoury, we carry all the pieces you need to accessorize your look, and even your decor, to perfection, utilizing a wide range of great looking Civil War re-enactment accessories that you can chose from!
 

Civil War Holsters

Civil War Holsters

Whether you're a soldier or an officer, serving in the Confederate forces or the Union army, you can bet that if you have a pistol, you want to keep it safe and secure, as well as within easy reach at your side. And that makes any one of the Dark Knight Armoury's fantastic Civil War holsters a great investment for your iconic and classic Civil War costume!
 

Civil War Decor

Civil War Decor

Just because you love the Civil War era does not mean you're interested in reenactment. In fact, many collectors are not, and that makes this Civil War decor section here at Dark Knight Armoury of double interest, because in this section, collectors, historians, and enthusiasts of all sorts will find an array of interesting little trinkets that recreate icons and objects from the American Civil War.
 

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