Confederate Naval Officers Insignia

As with their army officers' badges of rank, the Confederates deliberately designed naval insignia that would be different from that of the Old Union. Their shoulder straps particularly made their insi"gnia more in keeping with that of officers of comparable rank in the Confederate Army The most unusual feature was the creation of a regulation ranking of flag officer, traditionally an honorary position. The navy also mandated four admirals, though only one was ever appointed, and no insignia for that rank was ever officially prescribed, so we must assume that he wore flag officer insignia (which was similar to the arrangement in the army, where there was |ust one badge of rank for a general officer). The cuff stripes were a lot simpler and easier to identify than in the Union Navy, while the addition of insignia of rank to the cap gave an added recognition point. Again, as with Union officers, Confederates often observed regulations more in the breach than otherwise.

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Spanish Republican Navy Rank Flag

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Confederate Naval

Commander C.S.N, and First Lieutenant C.S. Marines, 186!

The men serving in the Confederate naval forces suffered the greatest obscurity endured by any of those fighting for the South. Such was the nature of life in a war fought almost entirely on land. Most obscure of all were the Marines, like the first lieutenant of Marines at left. His uniform and his service are patterned largely on that of the old United States Marine Corps, though with a few differences reflecting the dress and insignia of the C.S. Army By the same token, the uniform of the commander in the Confederate Navy, at right, owes much to the U.S. Navy. Significant differences include, or course, the color of the cloth, the sword, and the insignia being used.

For the unfortunate officer of the C.S. Marine Corps, so little is known more than a century later that some aspects of his uniform are still speculative. Service in this war would be frustrating for both officers, with opportunities to see action very few.

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  • Sally
    What were the colors of a confederate uniform 1st lieutenant?
    6 years ago

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