I recently watched the film Night At the Museum which featured a group of dummys representing a confederate army group. Strangely, each member of this group wore a kind of face mask - like a bandage that completely covered the face, with small holes for the eyes.
Nobody in the film remarked on this strange appearance, so I presume that it was normal for the time; likewise, no other figures had anything similar, so it must have been specific to this group - the question is why?
I can only think of two reasons: 1) They were all horribly burned, which seems a bit unusual in a museum context; 2) This was common practice at the time, to preserve the anonymity of the soldiers. The latter possibility could be justified by the nature of the civil war, which pitted neighbour against neighbour.
As a Brit, this is all foreign to me; I’ve asked some US colleagues but they’ve been unable to assist - can anybody else help?