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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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[CIVIL WAR] Original Artillery Shell Jacket
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[CIVIL WAR] Original Artillery Shell Jacket
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $750- $1,250
$1502 Bids
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Medal of Honor Recipient's Uniform w/ Lincoln Mourning Badge
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Medal of Honor Recipient's Uniform w/ Lincoln Mourning Badge
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $7,500- $12,500
$2752 Bids
2 Civil War hats
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Civil War hats
by Schultz Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Late Civil War Era Attributed Military Frock Coat
Apr 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Late Civil War Era Attributed Military Frock Coat
by Karlan's Arms & Antiques
Est: $0- $0
$900 Bids
CIVIL WAR ERA FEDERAL CAVALRY GAUNTLETS
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
CIVIL WAR ERA FEDERAL CAVALRY GAUNTLETS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
CIVIL WAR VETERANS GAR MEMBERS BELT & BUCKLE
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
CIVIL WAR VETERANS GAR MEMBERS BELT & BUCKLE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Civil War Clothing & Uniforms


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