By Philip Katcher
Uniformed volunteer devices have been raised by way of participants, frequently from an area's social élite who had sufficient spare time and money to spend on such enthusiasms. They voted on their unit designation, their officials and non-commissioned officials, their unit ideas, and their uniform. Many destiny leaders realized their talents in those ranks, and volunteer defense force devices shaped the center of many battling devices on either side of the Mason-Dixon line. With assistance from quite a few photos and illustrations, together with 8 complete web page color plates through Ron Volstad, Philip Katcher does a superb task of detailing the uniforms of the volunteer armed forces of the yankee Civil battle (1861-1865).
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With parade brush at the left, made of white ostiich 76 Bavaria- Light cavalrv officers helmet. standing white hoiM'hair plmnes of the enlisted feathers, in a itiamcMid-shaped silver-blue sot ket. » M < 29 CRESTED AND BOW HELMETS M 248 Bavaria: Officers helmet, 1832, for light cavalry and artillery. The helmet, now considerably lower, offered lighter weight and a better seat on the head, especially while riding, without eliminating the trim used since 1808. aiicnbuig: Otlucis helmet 161 Buinen: Olficcis helmel s liclnu-t.
18l;M81;"). in the fnin of the Russian Kiwer shako: black oik loth on (atdhoaid. 92 Prussia: Knlisied nun's shako loi nilanirv legimeuis (lusilier shako), with led horsehair [ihune for paiiide use h\ nuisii iaus. 1 uioilel. 59 SHAKOS 93 Prussian: Officer's sfiako of Line Jager Battalions 1, 2, 5 and 94 Prussian: Enlisted men's shako for the Line Jager Battalions 6, 1854 model. 2, 4, 7 and 8, 1854 parade model. 95 Prussia: Enlisted men's shako for the VVestphalian Jager Battalion No. 7 of Cleve.
Musketeers (so called after their weapon, the musket) and fusiliers (from the French word "fusil", gun) wore these hats. The grenadiers (grenade throwers) were hindered by these hats when throwing, and so they were gi\en the civilians' purposes, nor was so-called "grenadier cap", a piece of headgear that developed out of the civilian "Zipfelmiitze" cap, which had no brim. The point originally hung down in the back, but was later stiffened and worn vertically, so as to make the man look bigger. Pieces of metal decorated with lettering or symbols, or colorful embroidered cloth emblems, the usually stiffened with cardboard and running to a point, were used on the front — fringe of the ball finally became a ball at the top.