Who got to decide what the "official" name for uniforms would be?

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When I look at various books about Civil War uniforms I see different names for the same item. So who got to decide what the "official" name for uniforms items would be? I will use the forage cap for example.

I have seen it called the Enlisted 1861-pattern forage cap, but who designated it as such? The Army Regulations do not seem to call it that. I have seen it called the Model 1861 Enlisted Forage Cap or M1861 Forage Cap.
 

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The 1861 Uniform Regulations were issued by the War Department (March 13, 1861) and as such, would be the authority, but would call out the Quartermaster General's Office:

"FORAGE CAPS.

49. For fatigue purposes, forage caps, of the pattern in the Quartermaster General's Office: Dark blue cloth, with a welt of the same around the crown, and yellow metal letters in the front to designate companies.
50. Commissioned Officers may wear forage caps of the same pattern, with the distinctive ornament of the corps and regiment in front"
 
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