Though officially required to wear the regulation frock-coat, many Confederate cavalry officers preferred short jackets, often double-breasted with yellow-lined lapels which could be buttoned back to give the garment an almost eighteenth-century appearance. Collar, cuffs and piping were also in the yellow distinctive colour of the cavalry, with rank badges and cuff-lacing as per regulations. Underneath the jacket was worn any type of waistcoat, shirt and cravat. Officially, the képi was the prescribed headgear, but hats, usually black or grey in colour, were by far the most common form of head-dress. Most officers wore the regulation yellow silk sash, and white or buff gauntlets were very popular. According to regulations, trousers were light blue with a 1 ¿-inch wide yellow stripe down the outer seam, but grey or other colours were not uncommon, while buff corduroy as illustrated was perhaps the most popular of all. Boots were either of the short ankle-length variety, or the large-topped knee-boots illustrated.
Most Confederate cavalry officers carried a sabre of varying pattern: the version illustrated could be either a captured Federal weapon, a Confederate copy of the same, or a European import: straight-bladed imported weapons were also in common usage. The sword was sup ported on black leather slings from the waist-belt, which sometimes had an extra support in the form of a narrow shoulder-belt, not unlike the famous British 'Sam Browne' belt adopted later in the century. The pistol was a universal sidearm, that illustrated being a copy of the Colt 'Dragoon' revolver, manufactured by J. H. Dance and Bros. Officers' horse-furniture was much the same as that of the rank and file, or civilian items; ornate shabraques as specified by Federal regulations had few, if any, corresponding items in the Confederate army.
The General officer of cavalry illustrated wears a uniform which is basically of a cavalry style, but with appropriate rank-badges on the collar, and General's cuff-lace and button-arrangement.
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