Army regulations called for Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers to wear sashes in the following fashion:
- 1504. For General Officers-buff, silk net, with silk bullion fringe ends; sash to go twice around the waist, and to tie behind the left hip, pendent part not to extend more than eighteen inches below the tie.
- 1505. For Officers of the Adjutant-General’s, Inspector-General’s, Quartermaster’s and Subsistence Departments, Corps of Engineers, Topographical Engineers, Ordnance, Artillery, Infantry and the Judge Advocate of the Army- crimson silk net; for Officers of the Medical Department-medium or emerald green silk net, with silk bullion fringe ends; to go around the waist and tie as for General Officers.
- 1506. For all Sergeant Majors, Quartermaster Sergeants, Ordnance Sergeants, Hospital Stewards, First Sergeants, Principal or Chief Musicians and Chief Buglers-red worsted sash, with worsted bullion fringe ends; to go twice around the waist, and to tie behind the left hip, pendent part not to extend more than eighteen inches below the tie.
- 1507. The sash will be worn (over the coat) on all occasions of duty of every description, except stable and fatigue.
- 1508. The sash will be worn by “Officers of the Day” across the body, scarf fashion, from the right shoulder to the left side, instead of around the waist, tying behind the left hip as prescribed.
For Confederates, Staff, Infantry, Engineer and Artillery officers were ordered to wear Red silk sashes. Confederate cavalry officers wore Yellow silk, medical officers wore green silk, infantry/artillery sergeants wore red worsted wool and cavalry sergeants wore yellow worsted wool.
Black sashes, while not regulation, were worn by some militia officers and Chaplains.