Second Lieutenant The Sumter Light Guard

Like so many of the Confederate volunteer outfits, the Sumter Light Guard of South Carolina came to war with its own arms and uniforms. Unlike the Washington Artillery, however, it adapted its specifications to be compatible with Confederate regulations and the "cadet gray" color of this uniform is right within regulations, as is the red sash. Only the absence of the stripe on the trouser legs is it in substantial variance from regulations. This second lieutenant wears the single collar bar of his rank, and the corresponding cuff facing, though without the long curling lace generally seen. Often it was only when the uniforms of such volunteer units wore out, that regulation replacements from Richmond saw them properly uniformed according to official regulation. Even then, officers throughout the Confederate service were doomed to haphazard attire.

Military Collar Bars

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