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  • Union Blue versus confederate grey as camouflage

    Quick simple question. Which uniform was more visible on the battlefield, Union Blue or confederate grey?
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    Lots of variables depending on location of an engagement, but on the whole I would say blue. That said, at the range engagements usually took place and with the numbers involved, it didn't matter.

    Berdan's 1st US Sharpshooters were noted for wearing green. Probably the most effective color in many settings at the time.

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      Hey D!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by dgfred View Post
        Hey D!
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          I'd say Confederate "Butternut" is the most effective. That is, those in clothing in various shades of Khaki and Brown.

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          • #6
            I would agree that butternut would be most universally effective. Followed by Green, Grey, and Blue....but even Dark Blue isn't so much a camo as it is a less obvious than Red identifying color for units.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by D1J1 View Post
              Lots of variables depending on location of an engagement, but on the whole I would say blue. That said, at the range engagements usually took place and with the numbers involved, it didn't matter.

              .................

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              If a regiment was moving up and it takes longer to spot it moving wouldn't that be an advantage? It would cut down on an enemies time to react.

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                Wasn't 'Butternut' after the original color faded?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 17thfabn View Post

                  If a regiment was moving up and it takes longer to spot it moving wouldn't that be an advantage? It would cut down on an enemies time to react.
                  I suppose, but my readings show the great majority of movements were masked by terrain and rather than camo. Regardless of color the troops in motion could not be seen because they were blocked by natural or manmade features. Large units, at least regiments, moving closer to the enemy frequently raised dust clouds which IDed their position as well.

                  It would seem to me that color as camo would only be a great advantage in an ambush situation. This wasn't a determining tactic in anything other than small scale dust-ups.

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                  Last edited by D1J1; 20 Mar 20, 04:54. Reason: Correct spelling
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dgfred View Post
                    Wasn't 'Butternut' after the original color faded?
                    That is one idea. Here is another, redying Union uniforms using nuts and lye. The same process was also applied to cheap or home made uniforms dyed in the same manner. https://www.ncpedia.org/media/confederate-soldier

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 17thfabn View Post

                      If a regiment was moving up and it takes longer to spot it moving wouldn't that be an advantage? It would cut down on an enemies time to react.
                      It's movement that's gonna give you away, that's what our eyes are trained to spot. Hundreds or thousands of men would be spotted no matter what they wear. On another note, I supposed dark blue would give an advantage when in shade or shadow.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Karri View Post

                        It's movement that's gonna give you away, that's what our eyes are trained to spot. Hundreds or thousands of men would be spotted no matter what they wear. On another note, I supposed dark blue would give an advantage when in shade or shadow.
                        Not to mention that a regiment has a drummer or drummers to keep the unit in step, a bugler to make command calls, is flying two or more very large and obvious flags, and may have one or more mounted officers, along with officers and NCO's on foot it shouting orders.

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