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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Feb-2012 at 19:22

This tailcoat once belonged to a Confederate veteran from Kentucky. Although it is a replica made in the 1870s, it is indicative of the type of uniforms worn by prewar militia
http://www.volunteerrelics.com/ucv-gar%20Uniforms.html
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  Quote Salah ad-Din Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2012 at 00:56
Was it the 7th New York Militia that wore gray?  It was a prominent pre-War militia and some of its men became officers in other Northern outfits.
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2012 at 19:11
That's right Salah. Here's some more info on them:
Don Troiani's Soldiers in America
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Feb-2012 at 19:29

Red was one of the more unusual colors seen in the early years of the Civil War. This tailcoat was worn by a militia from Rhode Island
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Feb-2012 at 19:18

Massachusetts National Lancers uniform, still worn today for ceremonial purposes
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Feb-2012 at 19:06

Red tailcoat supposedly worn by a confederate militia
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-Feb-2012 at 19:47

Soldier from the 12th Illinois aka the Chicago Highland Guard
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Feb-2012 at 19:18

Improvised bushwhacker uniform with intricate stitching. Yankee and rebel guerillas dressed identically and both incorporated captured or government issued military equipment. To avoid confusion, Yanks wore red stripes down the leg of their trousers and, as a result, Kentuckian jayhawkers were nicknamed "redlegs"
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Feb-2012 at 20:11

As this tintype shows, the pale blue of the Mexican War (which faded to grey with age) was still being issued in 1861, especially on the frontier where there were large stockpiles of surplus kit. The subject of this photo is a soldier from the 1st US Cavalry

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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Feb-2012 at 19:31

Strange uniform issued to the 12th NY imitating the clothing of Revolutionary War militias
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Feb-2012 at 19:08

The New Jersey "Butterflies" and Benton Hussars in their unusual uniforms
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2012 at 19:31
Later in the war, anyone caught wearing the wrong colors could be shot as a spy. The guys at Mine Creek have a great article on the subject:
The Secret War
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Feb-2012 at 19:05

Unidentified Connecticut militiaman in grey (or possibly light blue) double breasted tailcoat and leather shako
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Blue and grey uniforms within the same regiment: the 22nd New York at Bull Run
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Apr-2012 at 20:22

Grey frock coat worn by Wisconsin's Dane County militia
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Apr-2012 at 20:15

Varying shades of grey in the Confederate army. The surgeon's uniform is almost light blue
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