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Confederate Prisoners, Taken in Chicago 1864. Camp Douglas POW Camp.

In 1863, at least two British observers made significant observations on the dress of the Confederate Army of Tennessee: Lt.Col. Arthur Freemantle and Mr. Henry Yates Thompson:

"The men were good-sized, healthy, and well-clothed, but without any attempt at uniformity in color or cut; but nearly all were dressed in either gray or brown coats and felt hats. I was told that even if a regiment was clothed in proper uniform by the Government, it would be parti-colored again in a week, as the soldiers preferred wearing the coarse home-spun jackets and trousers made by their mothers and sisters at home. The Generals very wisely allow them to please themselves in this respect, and insist only that their arms and accoutrements being kept in proper order."

(Freemantle, Three Months in the Southern States, 1864, pg. 155 — referring to Liddell’s Brigade of Arkansas Troops in June 1863)

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