Just jumped into this thread--albeit a bit late. I did some research on a relative (Col. Joseph McAllister) in the 7th Regt. of Georgia Cavalry. His unit was originally the Hardwick Mounted Rifles of Bryan County, Georgia. They were combined into the 7th Regt. later on. In 1864, the 7th was ordered to Virginia, and CSA records show that McAllister put in for regular pay allotments for his men as well as vouchers for hay and other supplies. I know that McAllister personally provided his own horses, tack, and uniform. His saber was a standard issue one--nothing fancy. However, he also brought his own personal servant along during the campaign. His nephew, Thomas C. Clay, joined the Liberty Independent Troop--later combined with the 5th Regt. of Georgia Cavalry. Thomas C. Clay served as a private, and his mother and aunts sewed his uniform. We have a reference that he had "an old army Colt [pistol]loaded with powder and shot and fired by hammer and percussion cap." Research on the 5th Regt. website indicates that troopers were also outfitted with standard Sharps rifles. I know that Thomas C. Clay was issued a pine trunk for his gear that was transported by wagon--a standard army trunk. Basically, these two units appear to be self-supplied--sponsors of the regiment or the individual soldier provided the equipment.