There are several major differences between the uniforms and insignia of Union and Confederate general officers, besides basic color. The first is that the Confederate general officer's rank is indicated by collar insignia and very elaborate sleeve braid, rather than the shoulder straps of his Federal counterpart. The second is that there is only one badge of rank for all Southern generals: three stars, with the center star usually, but by no means always, larger than the other two. This
Confederate system was a major deviation from the Old Army regulations in form, yet both armed forces still recognized the star insignia and the buff sash as indicative of a general officer.
1 Frock coat of Brig. Gen Paul Semmes
2 Frock coat of Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler
3 Frock coat of Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood
4 Frock coat of Mai. Gen. Frank Gardner
5 Frock coat of Lt. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner
6 Frock coat of Brig. Gen. George Wythe
Randolph, Secretary of War. C.S.A.
7 General's silk sash
8 Foiage cap of Brig Gen Paul Semmes
9 Epaulettes of Mai Gen. Joseph Wheeler
10 Sword-belt of Lt.
11 Silk sash of Lt
Gen. John Bell Hood
12 Forage cap
13 General's silk sash
14 Epaulettes of Brig. Gen. Carnot Posey, died 1863
15 Forage cap of Mai Gen. John B Magruder
16 Silk sash of Maj Gen John B Magruder
17 Le Mat revolver
18 Field glass of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
19 Savage Navy revolver of Ma|. Gen Joseph Wheeler
20 Saber from Paris of Lt Gen John Bell Hood
21 Sword of Brig. Gen. Robert S Garnett
22 Saber of Maj Gen. Matthew C. Butler
23 Sword of Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood
24 Colt 1860 Army of Gen J. E. Johnston
25 Spurs of Gen. J. E. Johnston
26 Le Mat 1st Model revolver of Gen. P G T Beauregard
27 Sash of Gen J E Johnston
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