Medical Staff knots, silvered buckle, attributed to Major H.G. Taylor, 8th New Jersey Inf.
This is a scarce pair of shoulder knots conforming in style to the 1872 U.S. Army Uniform Regulations, but in variant form as the regulations which called for the letters “MD” (Medical Department). In the Civil War and up to 1872, “MS” was used (Medical Staff) and therefore I can only assume that uniform makers continued making the MS version until realizing the change to MD (not unless New Jersey preferred to keep the MS for their militia).
Either way, medical shoulder knots are not commonly found. This pair is unmarked as to maker, they have the rank of major embroidered on black wool background (as is the “MS”), and utilize staff buttons The gilt has toned to a darker color, some bullion loss on top of one “M,” but otherwise the condition is fine.
With these knots come a silvered 1872 officer’s sword belt buckle, unmarked as well. Silvering has worn on the high spots, but nearly 90+ % silver remains.
I purchased these with some photocopied material for Doctor Henry Genet Taylor who entered service in the Civil War as a 1st Lt. and Asst. Surgeon of the 8th New Jersey Vols. During the war he was made Brigade Surgeon of the Artillery in the Third Army Corps, and soon engaged at Antietam. He served on the staffs of Generals Hooker, French and Sickles.
From 1869 until 1882, Dr. Taylor was Surgeon of the 6th Regt. NGNJ, and Brigade Surgeon of the Provisional Brigade on the staff of MG William J. Sewell, during the strike of 1887.
The battles that he participated in during the war is quite impressive and please look at the photos for the write-up on him.
A hard to find pair of shoulder knots of the Indian Wars era.