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    Posted: 11-Jan-2012 at 20:16

New Jersey militia wearing grey tailcoats. The leather bell-crown shakos were worn as full dress by the Mexican War era regular army, replacing the War of 1812 Belgic shakos


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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Jan-2012 at 19:52

This South Carolina rifleman wears a leather Albert shako and frock coat with epaulettes similar to the uniform of the USMC. The other enlisted man has red piping and a "birdcage" on the front of his coat, marking him out as a musician (most likely a bugler)
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Jan-2012 at 19:09

After days of searching, i've finally found an image of a Confederate pickelhaube. This leather helmet, with decorated plume, was part of the uniform of the Loudun Cavalry. Note the yellow piping and German-style turn-down collar on the officer's uniform
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Jan-2012 at 19:06

Zouave from the 11th Indiana in grey uniform
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Jan-2012 at 18:09

More Yanks in grey: 11th NY Fire Zouaves
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Jan-2012 at 19:08

The same Zouaves in campaign dress. Note the shield-fronted John Wayne-type shirt worn as an unofficial uniform early in the war
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-Jan-2012 at 19:24

The 2nd Wisconsin, of Iron Brigade fame, originally wore khaki or butternut uniforms. The long blue coats and black hats weren't introduced until after Bull Run
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Jan-2012 at 19:41
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Jan-2012 at 19:27

Jacket of the Washington Greys, similar to the NY National Guardsman on the first page but with solid color cuffs and collars
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Jan-2012 at 19:02

Uniform of the Massachusetts Independent Corps of Cadets worn at Shiloh
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Jan-2012 at 19:20

The Montgomery True Blues were a Confederate artillery regiment attired in blue. They were founded in 1863 and consisted of veterans from the 3rd Alabama
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Jan-2012 at 19:26

Uniform of a US artillery regiment, the Excelsior National Guard from New York
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-Jan-2012 at 19:03

Confederate naval officers still wore the regulation US blue
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Jan-2012 at 19:02

To quote Alan Farmer, Johnny Reb's greatcoat, boots, pants and blanket were made by Uncle Sam. It was common practise to strip the bodies of dead Yankees to replace worn-out kit. As many Yanks replaced their regulation kepis with slouch hats, it would be very difficult to determine the allegiance of the Reb in the center were it not for his battle flag and grey-clad buddies
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Jan-2012 at 19:16
I think the Rebs above might be Tennesseeans as one of them is wearing a coonskin cap. Note his Enfield cartridge box and white cap pouch, which (in the British army) was worn on the strap
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2012 at 19:08

Some late war confederate uniforms were such a dark shade of grey they were almost black. Officers tried to stop the men from wearing sky blue trousers out of fear they would be shot by their own side
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Feb-2012 at 19:24

Another Confederate unit attired in red: the Des Arc Rangers from Arkansas
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Feb-2012 at 19:02
Here's an interesting site with photos of Washington Artillery uniforms, including a French-style frock coat in use during the Mexican War

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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Feb-2012 at 19:22

Georgia Confederates: the Republican Blues from Savannah
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Feb-2012 at 19:01

Soldier from the 96th Illinois still wears the pre-war grey coat, but has replaced the trousers with federal blue
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