Did Civil War veterans wear military surplus items?

mtrimbleDid Civil War veterans wear military surplus items?

 

Jean Philippe Reynier

Montpellier, France

We know the veterans returning from the war continued wearing parts of their uniforms until they were worn out. Old West photos reveal that they wore just about anything they could get their hands on. Three-piece suits were popular. Some even wore used tuxedos. In some cases, ex-Confederates wore Union clothing—although some of the rebs who acquired U.S. buckles wore them upside down in protest.

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