Everybody Knows That...
By Morgan Gates
(Yes I know it's been a while since I posted an article, but it's summertime and the living easy right? Wrong things have been quite busy in fact. So here is a quick post based on an article in the Vicksburg Post 7/29/18 by writer Terri Cowart Frazier...)
Everybody knows that during the Civil War the Union wore blue and the Confederates grey, right? Not necessarily, In fact in the Western Theatre, very few rank and file soldiers would have worn grey. Butternut, a brown to light tan color made from natural materials, was much more common and more often than not his uniform was not an actual uniform at all, but simple homespun clothing. Minutiae like that are starting to slip away into the cracks of time as the study of history is becoming unfashionable.
An example of this is a work of art recently completed by Vicksburg's own nationally known artist H. C. Porter. The first in a series commemorating the Civil War. She began with a photo that she had been told was of a Confederate soldier because he was dressed in grey. But something about the details of the photo bothered her and, she did some research and low and behold her confederate turned out to be a member of the New York State Militia! It seems that at the beginning of the War this Militia dressed in grey! Kudos to you H.C. Porter! So the next time you think, everybody knows that, think twice!