The cravat is often seen in Civil War photographs. The term cravat comes form the French word for Croat who started this trend. By the start of the Civil War the cravat was evolving in to the more modern bow tie. The basic difference was the cravat started at the front on the neck and both ends warped around the neck and was tied in front. Bow tie starts at the back of the neck and the ends tied in the front. They were worn in many forms during the Civil War. The term cravat is also used fro any Civil War bow tie.