American Civil War armies (5) : volunteer militia by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

Uniformed volunteer devices have been raised through participants, often from an area's social élite who had sufficient spare time and cash to spend on such enthusiasms. They voted on their unit designation, their officials and non-commissioned officials, their unit principles, and their uniform. Many destiny leaders realized their abilities in those ranks, and volunteer armed forces devices shaped the center of many scuffling with devices on each side of the Mason-Dixon line. With the aid of quite a few photos and illustrations, together with 8 complete web page color plates through Ron Volstad, Philip Katcher does a great activity of detailing the uniforms of the volunteer armed forces of the yankee Civil struggle (1861-1865).

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The grenadiers (grenade throwers) were hindered by these hats when throwing, and so they were gi\en the civilians' purposes, nor was so-called "grenadier cap", a piece of headgear that developed out of the civilian "Zipfelmiitze" cap, which had no brim. The point originally hung down in the back, but was later stiffened and worn vertically, so as to make the man look bigger. Pieces of metal decorated with lettering or symbols, or colorful embroidered cloth emblems, the usually stiffened with cardboard and running to a point, were used on the front — fringe of the ball finally became a ball at the top.

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32 HEADGEAR »3in( olden times the soldier's chief concern has been protecting his head. Discoveries from pre-Christian times prove this. The heavily armored knights, disappeared with the dying Middle Ages, and the new fighting groups that appeared on the scene dispensed with unhandy iron armor and helmets by using different tactics. Between the Thirty Years' War and the end of the 17th Century, iron helmets disappeared and broad-brimmed hats were used. It remains to be determined why so little attention was given to protecting one's head then.

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