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From: Bob Huddleston <email@example.com> Subject: Military Map Colors Date: March 13, 2010 12:17:41 AM EST To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> On American military maps the Yankees are always depicted in blue and the Bad Guys, whether British in 1775 or Germans in the 20th Century are red. The earliest maps I have seen are the ones in James Longstreet’s _Manassas to Appomattox_ (Philadelphia, 1896) – ironic, since Longstreet’s own Confederates are in the “enemy” color of red, and the Yankees are the ones in blue. I assume there must be earlier uses, that Longstreet or his publisher did not invent the coloring. Where did this come from? I am assuming that the logic was the American traditional uniform of blue and our first “enemy” was the British “redcoats.” But that got me to thinking: did the US military adopt the colors, as we did so much else, from the British, where the “Good Guys’ wore red – and the traditional “enemy” was the French, with their blue uniforms? -- Take care, Bob Judy and Bob Huddleston 10643 Sperry Street Northglenn, CO 80234-3612 Huddleston.firstname.lastname@example.org We like our history sanitized and theme-parked and self congratulatory, not bloody and angry and unflattering. – Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World, May 7, 2006. ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----