Civil War Uniforms Online Exhibit

Shoulder Knots

Black-and-white illustration, from an 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly magazine, showing the shoulder knots that indicate five different military ranks.

Caption: Shoulder Knots – No. 1. Commandant. 2. Colonel. 3. Lieutenant-Colonel. 4. Captain. 5. First Lieutenant.

Source: Illustration from New York Illustrated News, September 2, 1861, page 284.

Last Updated: October 24, 2011