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Iceager Inactive Member10 Sep 2017 5:19 p.m. PST

Hello everybody!

In Winston Groom's "Shilo 1862", I found a reference to general John McArthur "…whose brigade wore Scottish tams and marched to bagpipe music." (p. 266). In the index (p. 421), this brigade is the second brigade of W. H.L. Wallace's division, consisting of;
9th Illinois
12th Illinois
13th Missouri
14th Missouri, and
81st Ohio.

My questions are;
Would all (of any) regiments have worn the tam (or glengarry?) at Shilo? The wikipedia photo of General McArthur, shows him wearing a tam o'shanter(ish) headgear.

Is there any reference to bagpipers in this brigade?

Did any regiment wear "tams" later than Shilo? Or even Before?

Are there any 28mm miniatures that could be used (with head swops etc)?


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2017 5:39 p.m. PST

The only reference I was able to find did say that John McArthur's brigade wore tams at Shiloh – he certainly did (more than a few photos of him on the net) as well as an officer in the 12th Illinois, Captain Duncan McLean (tough to get more Scots than that) also wearing a tam

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2017 6:12 p.m. PST

McArthur's old unit, the 12th Illinois, were the only ones in the brigade who identified as a "Scotch" regiment. The 9th were heavily German. 14th Missouri were sharpshooters drawn from a variety of western states.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2017 6:51 p.m. PST

A Google Image search t6urns up a few items of interest:



Also doing just a Google search turns up an entry in Don Troiana's "Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War" at


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 9:30 p.m. PST

That's a new one to me! Interesting!

Iceager Inactive Member14 Sep 2017 5:39 p.m. PST

Thanks for the replies.

It does seem that the 12th Illinois was the only regiment wearing the tam.

A side note: according to wikipedia (reference: Peter E. Cozzens, "My Poor Little Ninth": The Ninth Illinois at Shiloh, Illinois Historical Journal, Vol. 83, No. 1 (Spring, 1990), pp. 3642); the 9th changed from their grey uniforms into standard union blue ones en route to Shiloh.

gamertom; thanks for the Troiani link!

I should have clarified my question on regiments wearing the tam (or other distinct pieces of uniform). Were they pre war militia uniforms that were discarded at the beginning of the war or when going into battle (viz. the 9th Illinois)?
Or, did regiments wear them in battle during the war, and if so, for how long?

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