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US Civil War Uniform I.D.

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 9:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
I was hoping someone might help me identify the uniform the soldier is wearing in the attached picture. It is likely that the soldier served with a NJ regiment during the Civil War. I especially am interested if there is anything that might distinguish whether it is a Calvary or Infantry regiment. The picture appears to actually have been a sketch and so it is not as detailed as a photograph. Determining whether it is Calvary or Infantry will help me confirm who it is.
Thanks in advance.

Steve
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Re: US Civil War Uniform I.D.

Posted: 20 Dec 2011 8:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
About the only thing I can suggest is that he's wearing what appears to be a sack coat, if that was the artists intent it would suggest an infantry or other non-cavalry unit. There really isn't anything definitive in the image to provide any other information.

Re: US Civil War Uniform I.D.

Posted: 20 Dec 2011 9:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks. I know it is difficult because it is not a photo. I was hoping it would be calvary because then I would know who it is. But if it is Infantry I will have to do some more digging. Thanks again.

steve

Re: US Civil War Uniform I.D.

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 4:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Steve, one thing to remember is US Civil War uniforms are anything but uniform. The subject in the photo could very well be in a cavalry unit, unlike european armies which had generally easily identifiable unifroms for regiments and services the US at the time was a hodgepodge of military and civilian clothing- especially among the state volunteers. I wish there was more I could say, but it's almost impossible to tell.

Re: US Civil War Uniform I.D.

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 4:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
The artists rendering does confirm one thing, the headgear is a civil war "Forage Cap" issued between 1832-1858.

The design of the cap remains the same, but by 1858, the soft cotton that caused the cap to collapse, was replaced with wool and stays on the inside in order to make the cap stand up to fatigue.

The "forage cap" was issued to all enlisted men, ensignia would be added later to determine whether the soldier was Calvary, infantry, etc.

The drawing is very cool!
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