It is a popular misconception that the American Civil War was fought between Union and Confederate armies uniformed in dull blue and drab grey respectively. In fact, both armies included exotically-named corps dressed in a variety of European styles whose gorgeous uniforms compared more than favourably with the most ornate of Napoleonic France – Zouaves and Chasseurs, Hussars and Highlanders, Lancer, Bersaglieri and Riflemen.
This book illustrates the regulation full dress and service dress and the modified versions of every branch of both armies, and those of a large number of early volunteer and militia regiments. Over 150 uniforms are illustrated, and more than 60 others are described in the text. There are separate sections on rank markings, badges, beltplates and buttons.
This book also includes an historical introduction on the events of the Civil War, a comparison of the capabilities of the various artillery and small-arms of both armies, and the Order of Battle of the opposing forces at Gettysburg 1863, making it invaluable to historian, uniform enthusiast, modeller and wargamer alike.
- Title: Uniforms of the American Civil War
- Period: Uniforms of the American Civil War, 1861–1865
- Type: Uniformology
- Author: Philip Haythornthwaite
- Illustrator: Michael Chappell
- Format: 192-page Book with 64 Colour Plates
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blandford Press Ltd., Poole, Dorset
- ISBN: 0-7137-1602-9
- Published: 1975
- Sources and References
- Historical Introduction
- The Colour Plates
- The Armies of the Civil War
- Uniforms of the Civil War
- Rank Markings
- Belt-Plates and Buttons
- Federal Corps Badges
- Artillery of the Civil War
- Firearms of the Civil War
- Edged Weapons of the Civil War
- Regimental Uniforms
- Text to Colour Plates
- Orders of Battle – Gettysburg
Uniforms of the American Civil War is an excellent resource for figure painters, diorama builders, and wargamers interested in raising Union or Confederate miniatures army for American Civil War. The Order of Battle included in the appendix lists the battalions, regiments, brigades, divisions, and corps of the Union and Confederate Armies engaged at the Battle of Gettysburg.
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