James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Thu Dec 9 23:45:38 UTC 2004
In a message dated Wed, 8 Dec 2004 17:22:18 -0800, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM> comments:
> "Crossed-sabers LOGO???" LOGO???? There's a word they didn't use in the
> Civil War !
My mistake. A "logo" is something that is printed. Something on a uniform
> One invariable screwup they make in one-horse Civil War movies (including "
> The Red Badge of Courage" with Audie Murphy) is to put the modern crossed-
> rifle infantry symbol on kepis. Real Civil War infantrymen wore a hunting-
> horn insigne on their headgear instead.
You are correct, except for the word "modern". The crossed-rifles insignia
was adopted in 1875.
US Army insigniae of the Civil War:
infantry - hunting horn (silver 1834-1851, then gold 1851-1875)
cavalry - crossed sabers
artillery - crossed cannon
engineers - castle
topographical engineers - shield
ordnance - shell and flame
Another mistake of mine---Sheridan's cavalry also had a crossed sabers
insignia, so it does not appear that General Wilson invented it.
Also, thanks for the words to the Jim Bowie theme, but I would have preferred
you hadn't bothered. The words are jejune. The tune, however, is nice. By
the way, I always like to sing an advertising jingle of that era to that tune:
"A dram of Drambuie".
- Jim Landau
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