Uniforms What kind of uniforms did the Kansas State Militia of the Kansas Brigade wear when they invaded Missouri?

major bill

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Did the Kansas State Militia of the Kansas Brigade wear standard Union army uniforms when they campaigned in Missouri in 1864 or did many of them wear some civilian articles?
 

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From the drawings by Samuel Reader of the 2nd Kansas State Militia. They are wearing mixed lot of uniform pieces with civilian clothes. You see a mix in all of Reader's paintings of the men wearing civilian clothes with issue items, and civilian hats. They were armed with bad carbines and originally sabers. Some Springfields were picked up on the field of battle, but they did not have any ammo to fit. For identification purposes they wore a square of rectangle of red on their hats.

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major bill

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From the drawings by Samuel Reader of the 2nd Kansas State Militia. They are wearing mixed lot of uniform pieces with civilian clothes. You see a mix in all of Reader's paintings of the men wearing civilian clothes with issue items, and civilian hats. They were armed with bad carbines and originally sabers. Some Springfields were picked up on the field of battle, but they did not have any ammo to fit. For identification purposes they wore a square of rectangle of red on their hats.

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This image contains an interesting flag.
 

Patrick H

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From the drawings by Samuel Reader of the 2nd Kansas State Militia. They are wearing mixed lot of uniform pieces with civilian clothes. You see a mix in all of Reader's paintings of the men wearing civilian clothes with issue items, and civilian hats. They were armed with bad carbines and originally sabers. Some Springfields were picked up on the field of battle, but they did not have any ammo to fit. For identification purposes they wore a square of rectangle of red on their hats.

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I'd like to know more about the unit flag with the crescent moon and stars near the right edge of this image.
 

major bill

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I'd like to know more about the unit flag with the crescent moon and stars near the right edge of this image.
Samuel Reader shows flags in several of his other sketches of the Kansas State Militia but all the others are U.S. flags.
 

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