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American Civil War Clothing & Uniforms

The American Civil produced many variations of uniforms on both sides. Both the Union and Confederacy had an army, a navy, and marine corps. Each branch of either military wore different uniforms. These uniforms were even more complicated in the beginning of the war when state militias reported for duty because they did not have standard uniforms.

Commonly, the Confederate forces wore gray while the Union federalists wore blue uniforms. In addition to clothing, there are a variety of accessories available for collectors including boots, belts, and hats. There are also a variety of different medals that varied between the Union and Confederacy, as well as state militia decorations that varied greatly between states.


Quick Facts

  • While gray is commonly associated with the Confederates, and blue with the Union, during the beginning of the war the issue was confused because some Union militias wore gray and vice versa
  • Some militia uniforms were quite eccentric and features wide, baggy pants, and a fez or turban
  • Specialized units like cavalry and artillery had uniform distinctions, including stripes on the pants and trim on the tunic

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(3) Oval U.S. – Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(3) Oval U.S. – Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$22511 Bids
(4) Civil War Buckles
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(4) Civil War Buckles
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Est: $40- $1,000
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Union Militia Kepi with Infantry Horn
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Union Militia Kepi with Infantry Horn
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2507 Bids
Union Forge Cap
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Union Forge Cap
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1256 Bids
(4) Dug U.S. Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(4) Dug U.S. Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
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(4) Civil War – U.S. Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(4) Civil War – U.S. Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
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(3) Dug U.S.- Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(3) Dug U.S.- Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1254 Bids
(3) Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(3) Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1754 Bids
Penn Militia Officers Kepi
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Penn Militia Officers Kepi
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1504 Bids
Group of 3 U.S. – Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Group of 3 U.S. – Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1753 Bids
(3) U.S. – Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(3) U.S. – Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$702 Bids
(3) U.S. – Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(3) U.S. – Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
(4) Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
(4) Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
3 Military Buckles Pre or Post Civil War
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
3 Military Buckles Pre or Post Civil War
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Group of 4 Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Group of 4 Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
A civil officer's bicorn
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
A civil officer's bicorn
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids
3 U.S. – Civil War Buckles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
3 U.S. – Civil War Buckles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
Pair of Civil War Union uniform buttons
Dec 06, 11:30 PM EST
Pair of Civil War Union uniform buttons
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $100- $125
$750 Bids
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Late Civil War State of New York Corporal's Shell Jacket. Dark blue wool shell
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CST
Late Civil War State of New York Corporal's Shell Jacket. Dark blue wool shell
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $6,400- $9,600
$4,0000 Bids
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Rare Civil War Artillery Musician Frock Coat, by J.B. Boylon, Newark, New Jersey
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CST
Rare Civil War Artillery Musician Frock Coat, by J.B. Boylon, Newark, New Jersey
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $9,600- $14,400
$6,0000 Bids
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Extremely Rare Civil War 2nd Lieutenant of Mounted Rifles Frock Coat. Wool sin
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CST
Extremely Rare Civil War 2nd Lieutenant of Mounted Rifles Frock Coat. Wool sin
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $8,800- $13,200
$5,5000 Bids
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Early Civil War State of New York Enlisted Man's Shell Jacket. Dark blue wool
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CST
Early Civil War State of New York Enlisted Man's Shell Jacket. Dark blue wool
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $7,200- $10,800
$4,4000 Bids
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Civil War Cavalry Major's Frock Coat. Fine quality dark blue wool, great sleev
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CST
Civil War Cavalry Major's Frock Coat. Fine quality dark blue wool, great sleev
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$5,0000 Bids
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Civil War Zouave Jacket Issued to Either the 72nd Pennsylvania "Baxter's Fire Zo
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CST
Civil War Zouave Jacket Issued to Either the 72nd Pennsylvania "Baxter's Fire Zo
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $9,600- $14,400
$6,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Civil War Clothing & Uniforms


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Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House