Union Army Uniforms and Insignia of the Civil War

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William I. Reed

First Lt. William I. Reed
Quartermaster 6th California Infantry

Reed is wearing epaulettes having buttons at the collar, which are attaching devices. These can be lifted up and release the epaulette from a piece sewn into the shoulder. The epaulette pictured in the Schuyler, Hartley and Graham Catalog has a similar button projecting above the epaulette.

Courtesy: Jay Graybeal
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