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Union Army Uniforms and Insignia of the Civil War

Officers' Uniforms

Lieutenant Charles Green

First Lieutenant Charles Green
First Missouri Light Artillery

(courtesy: Jay Graybeal)

Green is wearing Russian shoulder knots. The knots appear to be sewn down on the shoulders of the jacket. These were introduced by General Orders Number 20 of August 6, 1860. During the Mexican War light artillery had distinguished itself by aggressive in-the-face of the enemy tactics. The dress distinctions allowed light artillery helped to establish a sense of being an elite corps of the Army.


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