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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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FINE CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY SHELL JACKET.
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
FINE CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY SHELL JACKET.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7501 Bid
FINE PREWAR MANUFACTURED CIVIL WAR CAVALRY SHELL
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
FINE PREWAR MANUFACTURED CIVIL WAR CAVALRY SHELL
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7501 Bid
CIVIL WAR KEPI BELONGING TO UNION GENERAL
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
CIVIL WAR KEPI BELONGING TO UNION GENERAL
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $12,000- $15,000
$6,0000 Bids
WONDERFUL CIVIL WAR PERIOD ORDNANCE CORPS UNIFORM
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
WONDERFUL CIVIL WAR PERIOD ORDNANCE CORPS UNIFORM
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $6,500- $9,000
$3,2500 Bids
RARE CIVIL WAR REGULATION HARDEE HAT FOR 1ST
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
RARE CIVIL WAR REGULATION HARDEE HAT FOR 1ST
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $3,000- $3,500
$1,5000 Bids
Cavalry officer's McDowell style forage cap.  
Nov 12, 10:00 AM EST
Cavalry officer's McDowell style forage cap.  
by Hindman
Est: $6,500- $7,500
$3,2500 Bids
Model 1858 enlisted man's forage cap with blue 3rd Division, XI Corps badge.  
Nov 12, 10:00 AM EST
Model 1858 enlisted man's forage cap with blue 3rd Division, XI Corps badge.  
by Hindman
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$4,0000 Bids
Model 1855 artillery corporal's uniform jacket with field modifications.  
Nov 12, 10:00 AM EST
Model 1855 artillery corporal's uniform jacket with field modifications.  
by Hindman
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
A group of 15 Civil War and post-Civil War buttons, comprising:  
Nov 12, 10:00 AM EST
A group of 15 Civil War and post-Civil War buttons, comprising:  
by Hindman
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids

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