Re: CS rank insignia question
My understanding, interpretation, and some of my CS officer impression practice is that the sleeve gallions were made optional.
However, the inevitably leads to the discussions about what was time/place/unit/man "regulation" and what actual practices were allowed and chosen in the field- such as some 1861/62ish officers choosing to wear "Federal" style should boards.
(As seen on numerous CS officer images...)
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