How to Wear a Civil War Officer's Sash

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Sashes have been worn throughout history by royals and by members of the military to add color to uniforms. U.S. Army regulations from 1852 to 1872, including the Civil War years, required officers to wear silk net sashes, which resembled narrow mufflers with tassels on each end. General officers wore buff-colored sashes, while medical staff wore green, and other officers -- including noncommissioned ones -- wore red. Confederate officers wore the same colors as the Union, with the addition of yellow sashes for cavalry officers. Today these uniforms are still worn as costumes and by Civil War re-enactors.

Things You'll Need

  • Long sash
  • Wrap the sash around your waist twice and tie it on the left side of the hip.

  • Let each sash hang down from the waist. The pendant, or tassel, on each end should rest about 18 inches beneath the waist.

  • Place your sword belt over the sash.

  • Wrap the sash once around the right shoulder and only once around the hip if you are portraying the officer of the day. The sash is also tied on the left hip, but the tassels will end up closer to the waist.

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Resources

  • Don Troiani's Regiments & Uniforms of the Civil War; Don Troiani, et al.

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