Staff shoulder boards should be dark blue, just as AG boards are now. There was no insignia of rank authorized for chaplains during the war, and for some time afterward as a matter of fact. In photos you see chaplains wearing staff insignia, and cavalry insignia. The latter comes from the assumption that since they were paid as cavalry officers, they must be entitled to the uniform of the same. The chaplain's insignia with a cross in the middle is actually from the navy, which had the good sense to create a chaplain's berth a long time before the Civil War. Again, they are as likely as any other shoulder strap for chaplains. Some chaplains felt no need to look or act military. Others sensed keenly that they were the odd man out in the military organization, and felt that their uniform appearance did nothing to improve that situation.
Last edited by Sgt_Pepper; 05-31-2007 at 08:24 PM.
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