I was wondering if anyone here could give me a little help here regarding my stripes (congratulate me, y'all ). I assume such things were pretty well standardized in the Federal service, but I was wondering what the general 'rule' of things was in the Confederate armies. My question is, what would be the correct dimensions (tip to tip, correct angle, width) of non-commisioned officer chevrons? What I'm going with so far is that they were more often put on separately, not in 'sets', and that black would be the best color for a Western Confederate impression. I also would appreciate it if anyone could tell me what the most common (if there was such a thing among W. Confederates) material would be, and if there is a source for it today. I appreciate any help.