American Civil War Armies (2): Union Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry

Osprey Men-At-Arms Series 177

American Civil War Armies (2): Union Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry, Philip Katcher, Ron Volstad.

This book is designed to give the reader a brief but relatively comprehensive guide to the uniforms, accoutrements, insignia, and weapons of the US Army’s three basic arms between 1861 and 1865.

A good deal of emphasis will be found here on numbers and percentages. The reason is that these figures do more to demonstrate what was actually used or worn than do generalities. If we know that twice as many caps were made as hats; and if we know that 75 percent of the men in a particular sample wore caps; then we know that any modern historical reconstruction, from a diorama to a living history display, should put more men in caps than hats.

State names appear in regimental designations; yet most officers and men in units, even those with state designations, wore and used the US Army-issued uniforms, accoutrements, and weapons covered here. MAA 190 describes uniforms, accoutrements, insignia, and weapons unique to and issued by the individual states.


  • Title: American Civil War Armies (2): Union Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry
  • Period: American Civil War, 1861–1865
  • Type: Uniform Guide
  • Author: Philip Katcher
  • Illustrator: Ron Volstad
  • Format: 48-page book
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, London, England
  • ISBN: 0850456908
  • Published: 1986


  1. Introduction
  2. Headgear
  3. Coats
  4. Other Uniform Items
  5. Zouave and Chasseur Uniforms
  6. Accoutrements
  7. Weapons
  8. The Plates
    • Colonel, Infantry, 1861
    • Sergeant Major, Infantry, 1861
    • 1st Lt., Infantry, 1861
    • Lt. Col., Cavalry, 1863
    • Sergeant, Cavalry, 1863
    • Captain, Cavalry, 1863
    • Captain, Light Artillery, 1864
    • Corporal, Light Artillery, 1864
    • Regt. QMS, Heavy Artillery, 1864
    • Private, Infantry, 1863
    • 2nd Lt., Infantry, 1863
    • 1st Sgt., Infantry, 1863
    • Co. QMS, Cavalry, 1864
    • Private, Infantry, 1864
    • Musician, Cavalry, 1864
    • Private, Infantry, 1862
    • Private, 35th NJ Vol. Inf., 1864
    • Private, 5th NY Vol. Inf., 1863
    • Private, 155th PA Vol. Inf., 1864
    • Captain, 155th PA Vol. Inf., 1864
    • Private, 3rd Div., XIII Corps, 1864
    • Musician, 3rd Div., II Corps, 1865
    • Private, Light Artillery, 1865
    • Major, Artillery, 1865

This edition of the Osprey Men-at-Arms Series is an excellent resource for wargamers and figure painters interested in recreating the Union Army of the American Civil War in miniature. Infantry, cavalry, and artillery uniforms are covered in sufficient detail to enable the wargamer and miniatures collector to raise regiments and battalions.

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