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Asst. Regtl. Quartermaster Antietam 2021
- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
A note on the Beau Sabreurs I posted above ( and Custer too ): The braid knots and galons/galoons on Union officers kepis and sleeves of frocks, greatcoats, and shell jackets was by regulation of black mohair wool cording, which usually either doesn't show or is minimalized in period black-and-white photography. ( Black against dark or Navy Blue or almost black-blue wool uniform cloth. ) It's when these volunteer officers decided to copy French ( or even Confederate! ) style by using gold braid, set against the dark blue ( or in Custer's case, black velveteen! ) material that they began to resemble ( in the words of one critical observer regarding Custer as a brand-new brigadier general ) a circus rider gone mad. Note also that all the gentlemen under consideration except Phil Kearney were cavalry officers!