Equipment

The branch-of-service color in the Confederate cavalry was yellow, as in the old Federal cavalry, and also the same as its Federal counterpart during the Civil War. The same branch-of-service insignia, the crossed sabers, was also utilized. There was a striking similarity in uniforms between the two sides, except for the color and the rank device, especially the elaborate gold braiding on the sleeves, as seen on the frock coats- (3) and (5).

1 Uniform trousers of Capi W H Cleaver, Steele's Texas Regiment.

2 Cleaver's frock coat

3 Frock coat of Ma|. James B. Ferguson

4 Militia pattern hat. 6th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry

5 Captain's frock coat of Lt. Col R Randolph; killed May 1864

6 Randolph's trousers

7 Sword of Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton

8 1851 Federal saber belt 9-10 Officers'

Confederate Cavalry Uniform

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Capt William Cleaver

maroon silk sashes

Belt with Virginia plate belonging to Col. Oliver R Funsten Model 1851 Federal sword-belt and plate of Lt. Beniamin M. Parnham

Parnham's holster

Officer s silk sash

Saber of Mai Heros von Borke, member of J. E B. Stuart's staff

Jacket of Capt. W. H. Cleaver

Folding dagger owned by Col. John

S. Mosby

18 Saber made by Boyle, Gamble and Macfee

19 Spurs of Capt. William I. Rasin

20 Haversack of Capt. J. Hobson

21 Hobson's tin canteen

22 Hobson's revolver saddle holsters

23 Havelock of Lt Richard L. Dobie

24 Havelock of Lewis H. Stern

Captain, 9th Texas Cavalry, C(S«A*

Confederate Cavalry Percussion Shotgun

This captain of the 9th Texas Cavalry ably depicts what many of the mounted men from the western Confederacy looked like. Even more than their eastern counterparts, they carried a wide variety of weaponry depending upon what was available, and not according to regulations. This officer holds an English-made, percussion, double-barreled shotgun. In his right hand he wields a Confederate-made Dance revolver, a close copy of the prewar heavy Colt 44 caliber Dragoon percussion revolver. Distinctive to several Texas regiments was the "Lone Star" inside a circle on his hat-badge and belt-plate, while the slouch hat, too, is of the type generally worn by western Rebel cavalrymen. His jacket is gray, trimmed in gold, over brown trousers and black leather boots. On these last he wears a distinctive Mexican style of spur with spiked rowels. His war-making, like his uniform and weapons, was rough and ready.

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