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Title: Chaplian
Post by: Robin C on July 02, 2017, 07:02:21 PM
Looking for suggestions to find more information on the Chaplain uniform.  Is a  Chaplain considered an officer?


Title: Re: Chaplian
Post by: EKorsmo on July 02, 2017, 08:24:33 PM
You may have better luck asking at the Authentic Campaigner Forum (http://www.authentic-campaigner.com/forum/forum.php), as we're all non-military here.  I was once told that chaplains held the honorary rank of Captain, but have not been able to substantiate that.  They do appear listed as officers in the Revised United States Army Regulations of 1861 (https://books.google.com/books?id=_G4DAAAAYAAJ&dq=army&q=chaplain#v=snippet&q=chaplain&f=false), with supply allowances on level with captains. Page 524 gives a description of the chaplain's uniform: "131. The uniform for Chaplains of the Army will be plain black frock coat with standing collar, and one row of nine black buttons; plain black pantaloons; black felt hat, or army forage cap, without ornament. On occasions of ceremony, a plain chapeau de bras may be worn."


Title: Re: Chaplain
Post by: Ms. Jean on July 03, 2017, 06:38:51 PM
article with images:

http://www.phcmontreat.org/Exhibit-CWChaplains-Chaplaincy.html

HTH, Jean


Title: Re: Chaplian
Post by: Jim_Ruley on July 04, 2017, 06:02:04 AM
You may have better luck asking at the Authentic Campaigner Forum (http://www.authentic-campaigner.com/forum/forum.php), as we're all non-military here.  I was once told that chaplains held the honorary rank of Captain, but have not been able to substantiate that.  They do appear listed as officers in the Revised United States Army Regulations of 1861 (https://books.google.com/books?id=_G4DAAAAYAAJ&dq=army&q=chaplain#v=snippet&q=chaplain&f=false), with supply allowances on level with captains. Page 524 gives a description of the chaplain's uniform: "131. The uniform for Chaplains of the Army will be plain black frock coat with standing collar, and one row of nine black buttons; plain black pantaloons; black felt hat, or army forage cap, without ornament. On occasions of ceremony, a plain chapeau de bras may be worn."

There's some good information at this link:

http://howardlanham.tripod.com/linkgr4/link196.html

Union Chaplains received the same "pay and allowances" as a Captain of Cavalry (mounted officers got more money than foot because they had to buy and maintain horses).  This was not supposed to entitle them to wear officer's rank insignia, although apparently some did.

The official uniform was modified in August 1864 to add herringbone lace on the coat front, and a distinctive cap insignia:

http://howardlanham.tripod.com/go.htm