The men who raised and equipped some Union regiments strained their imaginations to create new looks, and borrowed shamelessly from the styles of other regiments, sometimes creating almost bizarre combinations. Few Federal regiments presented a more mixed bag of elements in its private soldiers' costume than the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry. The enlisted man at left wears a field cap somewhat similar to the Scottish Glengarry, which would certainly have been very comfortable. As well as this, he also sports epaulettes, which were normally only worn by general officers, although in this case they are made of considerably less expensive materials. He also wears a somewhat shortened version of a blouse, which is similar to those worn by some zouave outfits, but with only plain yellow piping. The exceptionally baggy pantaloons are also of a style usually worn by zouave regiments, and are gathered in at the ankles by gaiters. In full dress, when not in the field, this soldier would have worn a high shako. In stark contrast, the second lieutenant wears an entirely standard regulation uniform, with nothing distinctive.
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