U.S. ARMY RANK INSIGNIA
The Early Revolutionary War Era / 1775
One of General Washington's first orders issued read,
"As the Continental Army has
unfortunately no uniforms, and consequently many inconveniences must
arise from not being able to distinguish the commissioned officers from
the privates, it is desired that some badges of distinction may be
immediately provided; for instance --
... that the corporals may be
distinguished by an epaulette or stripe of green cloth sewed
* Subalterns were the most junior commissioned officers; Ensigns, Second Lieutenants, and Coronets
upon the right
shoulder, the sergeants by one of red.
The subalterns may have green colored
cockades in their hats, the captains yellow or buff ..."
"... that the field officer may have red
or pink colored cockades in
their hats ...
the aides-de-camp and brigade-majors by a green ribband worn
across the heart between the coat and waistcoat ..."
"... the brigadier and major general by
a pink ribband worn in like manner.
The major generals' sleeves be distiguished by a broad purple ribband.
The commander-in-chief by a light blue ribband across his heart ..."
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