The term “commutation jacket” as we know it today generally covers any jacket that was sent from home to a soldier serving in the field or issued to him after being provided through relief societies or purchased on the unit-wide scale from manufacturers. Early in the war the commutation system was set up to allow the central CS government some relief from having to supply the soldiers, at least until the depot system could come into full swing. Even once the depot system was supplying thousands of uniforms evey month many soldiers preferred to have garments made at home by loving hands rather than the sometimes sub-standard depot-produced garments.From the perspective of the living historian, a good plain commutation jacket is second only to an untrimmed frock coat in terms of versatility. As always so-called “generic” garments cannot be a substitute for wearing the garments documented to a specific unit at a specific time, but for the units for which little documentation is available, or for the time periods where the specific type of garment that was worn is unclear, a simple untrimmed commutation jacket is an excellent alternative. Furthermore, documentation bears out that simple homemade jackets are seen being used by CS soldiers in all periods of the war from the initial mobilization of the militas to the surrender at Appomattox.