In your opinion what Civil War regiment was “best-dressed”?
The 64th Illinois Infantry… and every other regiment, company or scout that was armed with the Henry Rifle (a lever-action long gun with tubular magazine capable of holding sixteen .44 calibre cartridges). Lee Ermey (drill instructor in “Full Metal Jacket”) had a YouTube video demonstrating the operation of the Henry Rifle, but it has been taken down. The attached demonstration is by Hickok45 published in 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbfXjqDzago
Interesting question. There is a book on this that I think came out after the Civil War , written by a member of the Quartermaster Corps but I don’t recall for sure,
Next week can we discuss which side, Union and Confederates had the best foot-wear? Or maybe which regiment had the best food?
The 1st U.S. Chasseurs! Also known as the 65th NY Volunteers.
The U.S. Sharpshooters, in their green uniforms.
I agree with the U.S. Sharpshooters uniform being the best dressed.
No one in the Army of the Tennessee. ?
Of course, the Zouaves! Any and all, from the Louisiana Tigers to the 11th NY–That, and even now there is nothing more stirring to the heart than a line of well-uniformed Yankee men.
The 14th Brooklyn (14th NY State Militia) French chasseur a pied uniforms.
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He’s not a regiment, you could call him a “one-man band,” but my vote for the best-dressed PERSONAGE of the Civil War goes to JEB STUART, with foppish GEORGE PICKETT (he of the famous “charge”) coming in second, all nicely pomaded, of course!
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