How common were braids on Union uniforms?
I've come across a number of photographs of Federal officers with sleeve trefoils and kepi braids and wondered just how common were they in the Union ranks? Was it accepted as a normal decoration "upgrade", or was it considered an affectation? It seems to me that in situations of poor visibility, it could cause soldiers to mistake the uniform as confederate, particularly with the contrasting yellow-gold braid of cavalry. Does anyone know of this happening? Would it had been more common in a particular theater or year?
Gary Lee Bradford, Captain
9th Kansas Regiment Volunteer Cavalry, Company F
On patrol of the KS / MO border
In honor of my great-great uncle, Pvt. Sidney J. Hatch, 7th Tennessee Cavalry (US), Co. D, who died Sept. 23, 1863, at the age of 21. .