Union Soldier Cockade (Rosette)
Soldier cockades have been worn by Americans dating back to the Revolutionary War, as the cockade, worn on the hat, distinguished a persons office or rank as the wear of uniforms by every soldier was a rarity. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate soldiers wore cockades (or rosettes) on their jackets as noted below:
The (Richmond) Daily Dispatch of November 16, 1860: "Some of our young gentlemen have mounted the blue cockade and the Virginia button, while others sport the red, white and blue rosettes. We hope they will not come in collision during these exciting times."
Burlington (VT) Free Press, January 4, 1861: "The foreign ministers, heads of department, and army and navy officers paid their respects to
the President yesterday. It was a general holiday. But few Congressmen were in attendance at the
President's levee. Union and secession cockades were worn by the crowd."
These cockades are hand-made in West Virginia. Orders of 10 or greater will require two to three days to process as each cockade is individually made for the order.
William R. Palmer's non-regulation Slouch Hat. Note the small cockade
and staff button reinforcing the base of his single ostrich feather.