Double Breasted Frock Coat: Gray (wool) 14 button, 2 rows of 7 with Russian Gold Shoulder Knots (according to rank), Austrian Gold Sleeves Knots or Gullions (according to rank), pointed cuffs (Navy Blue) and collar Navy Blue, buttons either M1859 USMC or plain brass buttons (hand sewn button holes)
Trousers: Navy Blue (wool) with black welt down the seam (winter trouser's) & White Navy trouser's with black welt down the seam (Cotton) (summer trouser's) (hand sewn button holes) "The black welt is for officers & N.C.O.'s"
Shirt: Any civilian or military pattern ( hand sewn button holes)
Vest: Gray or Navy Blue (civilian or military pattern)
Kepi: Gray with Navy Blue band (gullions optional) (according to rank)
Belt: Black with cross strap with a single Snake Buckle (British)
Haversack: 1864 pattern
Sword: 1850 foot officers sword
Single Breasted Frock Coat: Gray (wool) 1 row of 7 buttons, Navy Blue Tubing or solid cuff & collar, buttons either plain brass or Block "M" brass buttons. (hand sewn button holes)
Trousers: Navy Blue (wool) (winter trouser's) & White Navy trouser's (Cotton) (Summer Trouser's) (Hand sewn button holes)
Shirt: Any civilian or military pattern (Hand sewn button holes)
Vest: Gray (civilian or military pattern)
Kepi: Navy Blue with Infantry Bugle with Scarlet back with English "M"
Belt: Black with a single Snake Buckle
Cartridge Box: Black (British Enfield Pattern)
Cap Box: Black (British Enfield Pattern)
Haversack: 1864 pattern
Sword: N.C.O.'s sword was carried only by 1st Sergeant or Sergeant Majors. Either an 1850's foot officers sword or a 1840's N.C.O.'s Sword
Brief History into the C.S. Marine Corps Uniform
These are what we know as to what the C.S. Marine officer & Enlisted personnel uniform looked like. There are several different opinions about their uniforms & what they consisted of. Extensive research has shown that this is the correct variation of there uniforms. Unfortunately, all records & regulations where lost when the Federal Army moved into the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va. and the remaining documentation was lost in 1887 when Col. Llyod J. Beall's house caught fire. That fire claimed Col. Beall's life and all other remaining information & documentation that he keep stored in his house.
Chevrons where placed differently. Normally, C.S. chevrons pointed down but to distinguish between the Marines, the chevrons were inverted. This gave the C.S. Marines a unique look. The picture on the home page shows an example of enlisted C.S. Marine chevrons.
Most of the equipment used by C.S. Marines was British, what they could get at local stores, or from what they where issued from local garrisons. Just like the Army Officers, Marine officers had their frock coats made or contracted. Officers and enlisted had 2 different kinds of coats, dress and duty (Fatigue) uniforms. Thankfully the C.S. Marines did not have the supply problems like the Army had. The Marine Corp Colonel-Commandant Lloyd J. Beall did a fantastic job of making sure the Marines got what they needed.
Their uniform resembled that prescribed for the Confederate Army, but since the C.S. Marine Corps was not as large and many of its records were destroyed in 1865, there is controversy about the exact details of the uniform. It is clear, however, that the Marines were often equipped out of the stores of whichever garrison was nearest their location. One description has the Marines dressed in frock coats of a particular (and undetermined) shade of gray and dark blue or black trousers. It appears that Confederate States Marines wore forage caps although it is unclear if there was any ornamentation on the cover. Much of the gear worn by the C.S.M.C. was imported from the United Kingdom and its empire, namely Canada, and Russia creating a fairly unique look. Before the war, the United States Marine Corps had been an exceptionally fine and well-disciplined organization, but from it came the nucleus of the corresponding establishment of the Confederate service, The Confederate States Marine Corps. The C.S.M.C. was modeled after the United States Marine Corps, but there were some differences. The Confederates organized themselves into permanent companies, replaced the fife with the light infantry bugle, and wore uniforms similar to those of British Royal Marines. Like the U.S.M.C., when ashore they provided guard detachments for Confederate naval stations.
Colonel-Commandant Lloyd J.Beall
Confederate States Marine Corps
October 19, 1808 – November 10, 1887