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Resaca in Gordon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

How to Tell the Yankees from the Rebels!

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
1. How to Tell the Yankees from the Rebels! Marker
Inscription.  Has someone told you the Union (the Yankees) wore blue and the Confederates (the Rebels) wore gray? If so, you might be confused as were many Civil War soldiers. While Union uniforms were generally blue, some Yankees wore other colors. The Confederacy chose gray for their uniform jackets, but many Rebel soldiers wore butternut, a kind of orangey/brown. Some wore blue jackets. Others wore whatever they happened to have since uniforms were expensive and in short supply.

This caused confusion during battles - how did you know who was on your side and who was the enemy?

Captions(clockwise from left):
• United States Army Private
• Officers, especially generals, often modified their uniform to their personal style. Notice the number of different style jackets and hats worn by General Sherman's officers during their March through Georgia.
• This soldier served in the Lynchburg Rifles, 11th Virginia. Notice how his uniform looks nothing like the one to the right. This image is from a hand-colored ambrotype. Color photography had not yet been developed.
• Confederate States Army Private
• Another
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
2. How to Tell the Yankees from the Rebels! Marker
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hand-colored photograph shows a Confederate soldier in a sack coat with rifle, Bowie knife, and unusual head gear. The official uniform included a frock coat, but many soldiers preferred the more comfortable sack coat, shown below.
• These cadets of Ellsworth's Chicago Zouave copied their flashy uniorms after Algerian members of the French army, distinguished by their dash, hardiness, and picturesque Oriental uniforms.
 
Erected by Georgia Department of Natural Resources - State Parks and Historic Sites.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 34° 35.529′ N, 84° 57.627′ W. Marker is in Resaca, Georgia, in Gordon County. Marker can be reached from Resaca Lafayette Road Northwest (Georgia Route 136). Marker is on the Loop Trail on the west side of the entrance road to Resaca Battlefield State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 GA-136, Resaca GA 30735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Action — Carlin's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Resaca Battlefield State Historic Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Picturing a 19th-century Battle (approx. ¼ mile away); Stories from the Wild Hills of Resaca (approx. ¼ mile away); Enduring the Battle of Resaca
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Action — Judah's Division (approx. ¼ mile away); Did You Know That Both Sides Used Red, White and Blue Flags? (approx. ¼ mile away); Resaca's Confederate Cemetery / Resaca's Fort Wayne (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Resaca.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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May. 11, 2021