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Bibliography of Civil War U.S. Army Uniform Sources

Different sources in the same general category tend to cover the material from different perspectives. To say that one is better than another is unfair. These books may not be at your local library, but may be available on interlibrary loan. The more modern works generally correct errors and deficiencies of the earlier ones.



CONTENTS

BELT BUCKLES AND OTHER PLATES, BUTTONS, EXCAVATED ARTIFACTS, GENERAL SOURCES, HEAD GEAR, INSIGNIA, MILITARY OUTFITTERS, SWORDS, UNIFORMS.

BELT BUCKLES AND OTHER PLATES

Civil War Plates make an attactive display. In additon to the common U.S. Army regulation plates there are rarer state and C.S.A. plates.

BUTTONS

Collecting buttons is a highly specialized area within Civil War collecting. It calls for a person with the mentality of a stamp or coin collector. Many period buttons are the products of true craftmen and must be admired for their beauty.

EXCAVATED ARTIFACTS

Excavated artifacts provide clues to what Civil War soldiers were wearing and using in the field. Metallic items have survived and are discovered with metal detectors.

GENERAL SOURCES

These books combine material on multiple categories of artifacts. In some cases they were limited to a partical branch of service.

HEAD GEAR

INSIGNIA

Insignia remain a neglected area within the field of Civil War artifacts.

MILITARY OUTFITTERS

The story of those who originally made and marketed military items is key to a sophisticated appreciation of the history of the items themselves.

SWORDS

UNIFORMS

Uniforms can be approached from many different perspectives. Many authors take a basically macroscopic visual approach suited for the military modeler or illustrator. Others take a more historical and microscopic approach better suited for the collector. The sources cited below are but a sample of those available.

I have negected those areas of Civil War collecting, such as firearms, accoutrements and projectiles, which are not directly addressed in the regulations governing uniforms. If I have omitted any other important sources please feel free to E-mail with suggestions for inclusion.


Another Bibliography regarding Civil War Artifacts
Tennessee Archaeology Net
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