Ranks and insignia of the Confederate States

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The Ranks and insignia of the Confederate States were a rank insignia system devised by the forces of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. While based on the Union rank system, changes were introduced to differentiate the "gray" from the "blue".

Junior officers up to captain had a less elaborate pattern of braid on their tunic cuffs and wore collar insignia of three horizontal bars for a captain, two for a first lieutenant and one for a second lieutenant. Majors, lieutenant colonels, and colonels wore respectively one, two, and three stars on the collar, and all grades of general had the insignia of three stars (the middle being slightly larger) in an open top wreath pattern.

Most officers wore buttons in two rows of seven. Generals could be recognised by the eagles on their buttons and the placement of the buttons in groups of two. While there was no official distinction for different grades of general, some major generals adopted the pattern of their Union counterparts by wearing two row of nine buttons in groups of three.


Confederate Army officer rank insignia
General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Confederate States of America General-collar.svg Confederate States of America Colonel.png Confederate States of America Lieutenant Colonel.png Confederate States of America Major.png Confederate States of America Captain.png Confederate States of America First Lieutenant.png Confederate States of America Second Lieutenant.png


Confederate Army enlisted rank insignia
Sergeant Major Quartermaster Sergeant Ordnance Sergeant First Sergeant
Confederate States of America Sergeant Major-Infantry.jpg Confederate States of America Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant.jpg Confederate States of America Ordnance Sergeant-Artillery.jpg Confederate States of America First Sergeant.jpg
Sergeant Corporal Musician Private
Confederate States of America Sergeant-Artillery.svg Confederate States of America Corporal-Cavalry.jpg no insignia no insignia

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