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Major Duane
09-07-2006, 11:39 AM
1. What color was the facing/trim for U.S. Engineers?

2. Did Engineer Sgts wear a sash (if so what color) or is that just for the infantry?

3. What color were NCO trouser stripes?

If you can direct me to a source or books, I'll take that too.


John Adams

Lee Ragan
09-07-2006, 11:48 AM
I used to be a 1st Sgt. in an Engineer reenactment company several years ago. Up intil 1872, the Corps of Engineers enlisted men wore yellow trim just like Cavalry. That was chevrons, service stripes earned with the Engineers and trouser stripes. Width of trouser stripes was like the other branches. They wore frock coats in full dress, whereas Cav wore shell jackets. Like all NCO's of the time period, only 1st Sergeants and above wore an NCO sash. (See regulations of 1858.) Duty Sergeants could wear an NCO sword if required.
In 1872 with the new uniform regulations, the Corps of Engineers changed their branch colors to red & white as it still is today. The NCO sash disappeared then too.
Hope this helps.

09-07-2006, 11:54 AM
Just a sampling of what I found searching through Altavista. Google will probably bring things up that Altavista misses.

"Army Uniform Regulations 1861"





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