Civil War Uniforms: A Photo Guide : Confederate Forces by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

A lot of those photos have survived to supply historians and fans with exact info on uniforms and guns. countless numbers of actual replications are provided the following with insightful captions mentioning information that the common observer may well pass over. occasionally the faces themselves inform the tales, occasionally the clues lie within the quantity or placement of buttons or in insignia upon a breastplate. A chronology of significant battles and turning issues provides standpoint, whereas an outline of the aim of every corps and squadron offers a special standpoint at the members. Uniforms and guns are defined and illustrated intimately lending much more desiring to the images all through.

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An excavated white-metal cartridge box plate attributed to this regiment was uncovered on the Yorktown battlefield, here depicted on both fusilier and grenadier figures. This depicts a Hessian lion supporting an eight-pointed star bearing the crowned and quartered arms of Hesse. Colours were red with medium blue piles or “flames”. Note that the Fahnenjunker or colour bearer has a white cane in keeping with the painting of all fusilier pole arms and staffs. Of the same motif, the colours case wrapped about his body is also white.

Note that the Fahnenjunker or colour bearer has a white cane in keeping with the painting of all fusilier pole arms and staffs. Of the same motif, the colours case wrapped about his body is also white. Fusilier-Regiment von Knyphausen The fusilier cap had a frontal plate of lesser height than that worn by grenadiers, bearing the rampant Hessian lion. The cap’s facing cloth crown, in this instance buff, was unattached to the front plate, had metal reinforcing ribs, and was surmounted by a metallic cap and finial matching the height of the front plate.

Grenadiers wore the taller miter cap so closely associated with their branch. White metal embellishments were standard throughout this unit. Musicians had five lace chevrons on each sleeve, points downward. Another idiosyncrasy was a small vertically arrayed chevron appearing behind each cuff flap, a flourish unique to fusilier regiments. Fusilier companies had no fifers because a battalion always fielded en bloc, with musical accompaniment provided by its band. Grenadiers were ordinarily detached, so they were responsible for their own tunes, hence fifers always wore a grenadier’s miter.

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