COLs of Cavalry and Artillery speaking with USMA Cadet Captain
COLs of Cavalry and Artillery
speaking with USMA Cadet CPT

The US Army in
the War with Spain

SGM of Heavy Artillery, 1SG of Light Artillery, and SGT of Corps of Engineers
SGM of Heavy Artillery, 1SG of Light Artillery,
and SGT of Corps of Engineers

DRESS HELMETS - 1881 to 1902

In 1872, the U.S. Army adopted helmets based on those of the British Household Cavalry and only worn by mounted troops.
The helmets were felt with patent leather edge trim and chin straps. The tall, flat-topped, metal spire was adorned with a dyed, horse-hair plume of the branch color.
There was also a lanyard of branch color which wrapped around the body and the helmet. Officer lanyards were all gold, instead of branch color.

In 1881, wear of the helmet was expanded to other branches and there was a new over-all design for the eagle.
The new design incorporated branch insignia and unmounted troops wore a pointed spike at the top of the helmet instead
of the branch colored horse hair plume. Colonels of all regiments wore the plume, regardless of the helmet of their own troops.

ARTILLERY CAVALRY INFANTRY
     




     
     
CORPS OF ENGINEERS
CORPS OF INDIAN SCOUTS
MEDICAL DEPT.
     







     
     
     
ORDNANCE DEPT.
QUARTERMASTER
GENERAL'S DEPT.
SIGNAL CORPS
     







     
     
   
SUBSISTANCE DEPT.
     

 



 

HELMETS OTHER THAN DRESS
     
Cork helmets with Khaki or White cloth covers were authorized for the Field and Fatigue uniforms.



No insignia were authorized, though sometimes worn.

 


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