Civil War Uniforms Online Exhibit

Distinguishing Marks and Insignia of the U.S. Navy

Black-and-white illustration from an 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly magazine showing the different markings or insignia on U.S. Navy uniforms that indicate rank.

Row 1: Badges of rank worn on sleeves of overcoat: First Lietenant (one braid), Captain (two braids), Major (three braids), Lietenant-Colonel (four braids)

Row 2: Badges of rank worn on sleeves of overcoat: Colonel (five braids), Commandant (five braids); Sleeves - Full Dress Marines: Lieutenants, Captains

Row 3: Shoulder knot - Second Lieutenant, Shoulder knot - Major

Row 4: Uniform cap, complete, with Ornament for officers, full size (undress cap) below; Collar with Field Officer's sleeve below; Overcoat

 

Caption: Distinguishing Marks and Insignia of Rank in the Navy of the United States

Source: Illustration from New York Illustrated News, September 2, 1861, page 277.

Last Updated: October 24, 2011