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Robert Swartz:

--- Quote from: River City John on August 09, 2011, 01:26:25 PM ---Yes, is a good movie, although the brass-framed '63 Remington never existed. A nice authentic touch was the wearing of the Union belt plate upside down.

RCJ

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....not to pick but would like to know the reference to wearing US buckles upside down. I know when I got involved in reenacting the CW in the early 90's. I was told this was "what Rebels did". I have no doubt it was done. In all the books I've read have never seen reference to it. I often wonder if it became a reenactorism because of reverse images in photographs? In that light, I do know that  there are references to Confederate commanders frowning on the wearing of Union clothing. The war in the Trans Mississippi was a different animal. Union supply trains were sometimes the western Confederacies best resource. In the conflict between Missouri and Kansas even more so.

River City John:
If you google Rebels wearing Union belt plates upside down there are numerous tintypes of such.
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/confederate-soldier-upside-down-union-1634721135

And a reverse image would not have turned the "US" upside down. It would be an upright backward "S" followed by an upright backward "U".


RCJ

(Upon closer inspection of enlarged image of the above example, the belt plate is not upside down, just reversed as in a typical tintype.)
Here's an actual example:
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/civil-war-cased-image-confederate-474825383

Robert Swartz:

--- Quote from: River City John on March 25, 2021, 10:48:06 AM ---If you google Rebels wearing Union belt plates upside down there are numerous tintypes of such.
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/confederate-soldier-upside-down-union-1634721135

And a reverse image would not have turned the "US" upside down. It would be an upright backward "S" followed by an upright backward "U".


RCJ

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....alright, I will admit to having seen the photos. Just didn't give them much thought. Guess I always looked at belts as tools. Just didn't think the common Confederate would've cared that much. Same as captured clothing from a supply train. I imagine the truth of all this was even stranger.

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