Uniforms of the Civil War

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Lyons Press, Dec 1, 2001 - Antiques & Collectibles - 288 pages
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Although the phrase "the Blue and the Gray" succinctly evokes the North and the South, in actuality, the uniforms of Civil War soldiers were anything but "uniform" -- not in color, nor any other facet. This fascinating branch of military history is fully explored in "Uniforms of the Civil War," presenting an in-depth study of the many and varied uniforms worn by northern and southern soldiers.

Incorrectly christened the "ragged rebels, " the Confederate forces were initially as finely equipped as their Union counterparts. While the most notable feature of the uniforms of the U.S. Army was, in fact, its regulation dark blue color, the Confederates had much more variation, with uniforms ranging from the familiar gray to the light brown known as "butternut." The many styles and colors worn by the South are presented in a state-by-state survey, from initial local supply through to state quartermaster manufacturers. The North is covered in similar depth, with chapters detailing the uniforms and equipment of the regular army, including infantry, cavalry, and artillery. There are also sections on the many colorful militia regiments raised to swell the Northern Army, including the fanciful yet fearsome Zouaves, Chasseurs, Lancers, and Hussars in their own spectacular uniforms, as well as the little-known role of American Indian Cavalry units.

"Uniforms of the Civil War" is an especially rich source for reenactors, and it will also provide hours of fun browsing for all Civil War enthusiasts.

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Ron Field is Head of History at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982 and taught history at Piedmont High School in California from 1982 to 1983. He was associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain, from 1983 to 1992. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on US military history, and was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, based in Washington, DC, in 2005.
Alexander M. Bielakowski completed his Ph.D. in U.S. military history at Kansas State University. He has written several articles on various aspects of military history, with a special interest in horse cavalry during the 20th Century. In 2000 he attended the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History at the United States Military Academy, and served as a historical consultant and interviewee for the History Channel documentary "Animals in Action: Horses" (2002). Dr. Bielakowski is an Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Smith is a Civil War reenactor with links to all major Civil War societies, and a contributor to leading publications.

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