The Ranks and insignia of the Confederate States were a rank insignia system devised by the forces of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. While based on the Union rank system, changes were introduced to differentiate the "gray" from the "blue".
Junior officers up to captain had a less elaborate pattern of braid on their tunic cuffs and wore collar insignia of three horizontal bars for a captain, two for a first lieutenant and one for a second lieutenant. Majors, lieutenant colonels, and colonels wore respectively one, two, and three stars on the collar, and all grades of general had the insignia of three stars (the middle being slightly larger) in an open top wreath pattern.
Confederate Armies[edit | edit source]
|Rank||Navy Equivalent||Collar Insignia||Sleeve Insignia||Buttons|
|General||Flag Officer||General (all grades).
|General (all grades).|
|Lieutenant General||LtGen: Groups of three buttons|
|Major General||MajGen: Groups of three buttons|
|Brigadier General||BrigGen: Groups of two buttons|
(also worn by Gen. Lee)
|Lieutenant Colonel||Commander||Lieutenant Colonel.||Lieutenant Colonel.|
|Captain||Army captain.||Army captain.|
|First Lieutenant||Midshipman||First Lieutenant.||First Lieutenant.|
|Second Lieutenant||Second Lieutenant.||Second Lieutenant.|
|Enlisted Rank Structure|
|Sergeant Major||Quartermaster Sergeant||Ordnance Sergeant||First Sergeant|
|80px||80px||no insignia||no insignia|
References[edit | edit source]
- Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J., Civil War High Commands, Stanford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
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