Missouri's Union troops wore standard US Army dress and carried regulation weapons and accoutrements. Her contributions to the Confederate Army were attired in so motley a fashion that Missourians had to wear a field sign—a white flannel stripe on the left shoulder—according to the 11 September 1861 Rock Island Register. Missourians on both sides wore US-type oval, stamped brass belt plates bearing the Roman letters 'SMM', for 'State of Missouri Militia', whenever they could get them.

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