Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1996 - History - 674 pages
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William K. Emerson's Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms is the first comprehensive, well-illustrated, fully researched, and completely documented history of U.S. Army branch insignia and the uniforms on which those insignia were worn. More than two thousand photographs illustrate the actual branch insignia used by men and women of the U.S. Army during war and peace from American independence to the present. This book tells the story of the major army branches - infantry, artillery, cavalry, and engineers - as well as the service and support branches comprising doctors and nurses, chaplains, musicians, quartermasters, military police, and the many others who have made up the U.S. Army. Insignia worn by all soldiers, such as eagles, devices with the letters US, and other letters and numbers, are also described and illustrated. Historians, military collectors, military reenactors, antique dealers and collectors, costume specialists, army veterans and buffs, and those simply interested in the history of the U.S. Army will find this book a useful and fascinating reference tool. It will become the standard reference for quick and accurate identification and dating of insignia and uniforms.
  

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Emerson's U.S. Army and insignia encyclopedia is an excellent reference work by one of America's leading experts on army insignia. I have used emerson's book to identify artifacts in the collection of the Virginia War Museum and National Museum of the Marine Corps

Contents

Chapter One Introduction
3
Table 21 Combination of Distinctive Marks Worn on World War I French Fourrageres
15
Table 22 Uniform Changes since 1975
22
Chapter Three Regular Army Uniforms and Insignia 17821802
25
Chapter Four Riflemen
33
Chapter Six Artillery
69
Table 61 Authorized Campaign Hat Insignia for Artillery Enlisted Men 18991907
77
Chapter Seven Cavalry Dragoons and Mounted Riflemen
99
Chapter FortyFour Provost Marshal and Military Police
394
Chapter FortySix WorldWar I Army Service Corps
402
Chapter FortyNine World War 1 Army Specialist Corps
408
Chapter FiftyTwo Special Services
415
Chapter FiftySeven Other Branch Insignia
425
Chapter FiftyEight Uniform Coats and Coatees
433
Table 581 Officers Coatees 182132
436
Chapter FiftyNine Frock Coats
439

Chapter Eight Eagle Insignia
119
Chapter Nine The Letters US and State Insignia
135
Table 91 State Abbreviations Approved by the War Department
150
Chapter Ten Numbers and Letters
159
Table 101 NineteenthCentury Letters Used on Officers Shoulder Insignia
167
Table 103 Officers Staff Devices 18991923
173
Chapter Eleven Medical Department
177
Table 112 American Red Cross Service Colors
190
Chapter Twelve Engineers
207
Chapter Thirteen Lyres
225
Chapter Fourteen Bugles Horns and Trumpets
234
CONTENTS SECTION X BRANCH INSIGNIA WITH HISTORIES FROM THE CIVIL WAR To 1910
277
Chapter Thirty NineteenthCentury General Staff
305
Table 301 Oflicers Pompon Colors 1851
308
Chapter ThirtyTwo AidesdeCamp
317
Chapter ThirtyThree Records and Pension Office
324
Chapter ThirtySix Army Transport Service and Harbor Boat Service
331
Table 361 Officers Collar Insignia Worn with USAT Letters 1899
332
Table 365 Harbor Boat Service Officers Ranks 1912
338
Table 3611 Chief Petty Officers Department Devices 194549
344
Chapter ThirtySeven Service School Detachments
353
Chapter ThirtyNine Tank CorpsTank Destroyer Forces and Armor
367
Chapter Forty Chemical Corps
375
Chapter FortyTonransportation
383
Table 431 Army Mine Planter Service Warrant Officer Sleeve Insignia
392
Table 591 Enlisted Mens Dress Frock Coats
442
Chapter SixtyOne NineteenthCentury jackets
448
Chapter SixtyThree Trousers
455
Table 631 Regulation Trousers 185172
457
Chapter SixtyFive Greatcoats Overcoats and Cloaks
469
Chapter SixtySix Light Outer Garments
480
Chapter SixtySeven Shirts
486
Table 681 Shoulder Loop Colors for Enlisted Men 1898Style Khaki Coat
497
Chapter SeventyTwo Mens Headgear through the Civil War
521
Chapter SeventyThree Mens Headgear with Roots from 1872 to 1916
528
Table 731 TasselEnd Hat Cords
534
Chapter SeventyFour Mens Headgear World War I and Later
539
Table 741 World War I Officers Overseas Cap Piping
540
Chapter SeventyFive Womens Headgear
549
Chapter SeventySix Mens TwentiethCentury Dress Blue Uniforms
559
Chapter SeventySeven White Uniforms
567
Chapter SeventyNine Womens Uniforms through World War I
579
Chapter Eighty Womens Uniforms after 1948
586
Table 801 Women OfIicers Formal Uniforms Components 1969
593
Insignia Fasteners
599
NOTES
607
BIBLIOGRAPHY
647
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
655
INDEX
665
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About the author (1996)

William K. Emerson is a former U.S. Army officer and program manager for various defense engineering firms. A recognized specialist on army material culture, Emerson is the author of Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms , also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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