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Union Army Uniforms and Insignia of the Civil War

Officers' Grade (Rank) Insignia

Captain's Shoulder Strap

Captain's Shoulder Strap

This infantry captain's shoulder strap is a metallic false embroidered strap of a type patented by James S. Smith on June 18, 1861. These were produced in quantity during the war. The light blue color is typical of the fields of many infantry shoulder straps. Others are of a more medium blue color. These straps are sometimes marked on the back.


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