military uniforms worn by civilians

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whiskey

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During the Mexican War period, would ex military or veterans of service be allowed to keep their uniforms. In western movies you always see ex-military wearing parts of uniforms. Would that be accurate for a Mexican war civilian portrayal.
 

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I don't know if they were "allowed", They probably just did it anyway especially if they were deserting. Kind of like Jeremiah Johnson' s pants.
 

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For many/most enlisted military men, their uniform items were the only clothing they owned.
 

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They were their uniforms, purchased directly or withheld from their pay. So at discharge they just went home or where every in the only clothing they owned.
 

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