Confederate States

General’s Collar Insignia


Description and Photograph





    The Collar insignia shown here is off of the collar of a Confederate General.  After the surrender, the Yankee’s decreed that no Confederate military insignia could be worn.  This was enforced even down to the buttons.  They had to be removed or covered in cloth - even if they were Yankee buttons to begin with!  Henry Kidd Douglas of General Jackson’s staff had the temerity to walk a few blocks down the streets of Sheppardstown, West Virginia to have his image taken in uniform and was promptly arrested.  It was common at that time for vindictive Yankees to stop Southerners mid-stride and cut the buttons off of their uniform jackets, merely to humiliate them, even though it was the only jacket a poor Reb owned.  Even the Federals did not have the courage to interfere with General Lee when he sat for Matthew Brady.  But even so high a personage as Major General Lafayette McLaws was not immune.  In 1867 he admitted to a friend that he was still wearing his old gray coat sans insignia because it was the only coat he owned and he could not afford another.

     This insignia was purchased from Steve Mullinax by Bill Turner in 1992 and comes with documentation to that effect.  It also comes with documentation which likens it to the same tailor that made the insignia for Howell Cobb.




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