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In most cases Confederate manuals and regulations were either copied directly from or were similar to those of the Union forces.

See Frances Lord’s chapter, “Manuals and Training Literature” edited by Francis Trevelyan Miller has long been the standard source for Civil War images.

Volume 4 covers cavalry, volume 5 features forts and artillery, volume 6 focuses on the navies and volume 8 focuses on soldiers’ life.

One of the surprises facts that came out during the Civil War Centennial was the unexpected high number of photographers during the Civil War. Some took portraits at railroad stations as soldiers often waited for their trains to come and decided to have them done for their girlfriends, wives, family members and other acquaintances.

An index to the Military and Collector is on the search site.

Searches can be done by author, artist name, volume and issue numbers, keywords and plate illustrated number.

Both publications have specific articles about arms, accoutrements, equipment, uniforms and unit histories.

Some sutler produced items and supplies were commonly used by soldiers on both sides as well as officially issued items.The best single study about Civil War uniforms and equipment is by a founder of the Company of Military Historians and former West Point Museum Director, Fred Todd: American Military Equipage, 1851-1872.The illustrated three volume work is enhanced by the drawings and research of museum curators, artists and historians: Maria Todd, George Woodbridge, Lee Wallace, Jr. The volumes are arranged by topics and each individual state’s variation of issued uniforms, accoutrements and equipment is identified.The Company of Military Historian publications start in 1949 and features a “Military Uniforms in America,” four color plate series with each issue and a separate plate series for subscribers that includes illustrated and documented articles.Previously published Civil War uniform and accoutrement articles can be found online.

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