From diarys I have read I would drop the gators, the men write about ditching anything not needed, with gators mentioned a couple of times. Our Battery talks about not having coats or good pants, I don't think material would have been used on gators. A few units in the western theater might have had them at the beginning, but our Battery went into Shiloh from Columbus, KY. freshly outfitted, they were wearing Battleshirts. Keep up the good work! I have found out that no matter how much I learn there is always more out there!
Cpl. Glen E. Nalley
Stanford's Mississippi Battery