Sashes-Wool and Silk
Army regulations called for Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers to wear sashes in the following fashion:Please specify choice.
For Confederates, Staff, Infantry, Engineer and Artillery officers were ordered to wear Red silk sashes. Confederate cavalry officers wore Yellow silk, medical officers wore green silk, infantry/artillery sergeants wore red worsted wool and cavalry sergeants wore yellow worsted wool.
1504. For General Officers-buff, silk net, with silk bullion fringe ends; sash to go twice around
the waist, and to tie behind the left hip, pendent part not to extend more than eighteen inches
below the tie.
1505. For Officers of the Adjutant-General's, Inspector-General's, Quartermaster's and
Subsistence Departments, Corps of Engineers, Topographical Engineers, Ordnance, Artillery,
Infantry and the Judge Advocate of the Army- crimson silk net; for Officers of the Medical
Department-medium or emerald green silk net, with silk bullion fringe ends; to go around the
waist and tie as for General Officers.
1506. For all Sergeant Majors, Quartermaster Sergeants, Ordnance Sergeants, Hospital
Stewards, First Sergeants, Principal or Chief Musicians and Chief Buglers-red worsted sash, with worsted
bullion fringe ends; to go twice around the waist, and to tie behind the left hip, pendent part not to
extend more than eighteen inches below the tie.
1507. The sash will be worn (over the coat) on all occasions of duty of every description, except
stable and fatigue.
- 1508. The sash will be worn by "Officers of the Day" across the body, scarf fashion, from the
right shoulder to the left side, instead of around the waist, tying behind the left hip as prescribed.
Black sashes, while not regulation, were worn by some militia officers and Chaplains.
Approximate size is
5" x 120" (including tassels)
Union Doctor F.L. Otto Roehring, wearing his green (medical) sash as the Officer of the Day.
NCOs of the 13th NY Cavalry wearing sashes.
Unidentified Confederate wearing a red sash. - Library of Congress
Confederate Colonel Hugh Garland, Commander of the 1st & 4th Missouri Consolidated Infantry Regiment killed holding the regimental colors at Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864. - Trans-Mississippi Theater Photo Archive