The Complete Guide to Confederate Cockades

Curious about Secession Cockades? Want to know what cockade to wear for your historical impression? Or maybe you'd like to know the kind of cockade your ancestors wore. Read on...

The most popular color for secession cockades was blue. But red, or red-and-white ranked a close second. And there were just a few cockades on both sides that were black - the color worn during America's first war for independence.

Like Union cockades, Confederate cockade designs included rosettes, rosettes with tails or ribbon designs such as bows or knots. Some Confederate cockades were generic, others were designed specifically for a certain state or region.

Unlike Union cockades, there was huge variety in the combination of colors, emblems and materials. For example, all of these cockades are from one state: South Carolina.

Even among the blue cockades, there was a wide variety of designs.

Center emblems included military buttons, spangled stars, pictures of famous people... and also natural products such as palmetto fronds, cotton bolls, pine cones, and corn.

Confederate cockades were worn by men, women and children, black and white. They were often pinned to the breast or lapel, but could also be worn on hats and bonnets. For a more in-depth look at how men wore cockades, see here. For a detailed look at how women wore cockades, see here.

If you're looking for a Confederate cockade for yourself or a friend, check out the Confederate/Secession cockades in my shop. I have carefully documented and handcrafted each cockade. Let me know if you have a custom order or need a gift message and I'll be happy to work with you! My email is

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  1. Can you make a cockade for my wife that is yellow (Army of Tennessee color I believe) with a hint of brown to give it a sunflower effect? Also with the Confederate Seal in the center. Thank you

    1. Hey Joey, I'd be happy to work with you! Shoot me an email at and I'll be glad to discuss details of your cockade.