American uniforms from the Civil War era are just reskins of French uniforms, change my mind.
Is this a controversial take?
No, just wrong.
You ever heard of the Zouaves?
Since when are exceptions the rule?
Where do you think the kepi came from?
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Yeah but all military uniforms (from a certain period) kinda look alike
That’s not entirely true. There’s a reason why Ivan was focusing on zouaves and kepis, and it’s because although most European powers had superficially similar uniforms, there are a few telltale elements that will tell you their country of origin without a doubt.
Likewise after the Franco-Prussian war the US army had dress uniforms looking suspiciously German in their features.
Single breasted jackets with a higher hemline, silly helmets ? Hmmmm…
We (Americans) copied French swords, too. Here are a few examples…
French Mle. 1822 Cavalry Sword:
US M1860 Cavalry Sword:
French Mle. 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword:
US M1850 Foot Officer’s Sword:
French Mle. 1829 Light Artillery Sword:
US M1840 Light Artillery Sword:
French Mle. 1833 Naval Cutlass:
US M1860 Naval Cutlass:
French Mle. 1837 Infantry Officer’s Epee:
US M1860 Staff and Field Officer’s Sword:
(most images from OldSwords.com and Bonhams.com)