US Civil War Corps & Cap Badges
General Philip Kearny a Division commander, came to the realisation that he could not recognise the men under his command from anyone else’s. In 1862 Kearny issued an order for his men to wear the 'patch'. From this order the US Civil War Corps badges were born. Daniel Butterfield is credited with taking Kearny's idea and standardising it for all Corps in the Army of the Potomac.
- US Civil War Reenactors
- Kepi, Bummer and Forage Cap restorers
- Military Historians
- Families and friends of US Civil War Veterans
- Commemorations and gifts
After careful study, we now offer you the most accurate and differing types of Corps badges. These were worn on the cap or on the uniform and are made from felt and/or metal bullion. This range is constantly being updated, so please return if you don't see the Corps badge you want.
They come in Corps colours: red, white and blue to indicate each Division (Red — First division of corps, White — Second division of corps, Blue — Third division of corps). You have the choice of four variations all valid reproductions of Civil War badges - plain, single bullion outline, bullion inside edge and thick bullion. Generally the plainer versions were used by enlisted men and the bullion/thicker versions worn by officers but this was not a set rule and all types were worn by all ranks!
US Civil War - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Illinois - Quinquefoliate