Gen. Pershing & foxcatcher hunt team horseshow, 1921, 5/17/21

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Note the manner in which Pershing is saluting.
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Couvi wrote: Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:39 pm Note the manner in which Pershing is saluting.
Sharp eyes, I hadn't noticed that.

This was well after that style of saluting was no longer regulation. When did that change in the US?
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The earliest reference I've seen for the salute is the 1914 manual for Drill and Ceremonies, which describes a palm-down salute.

I don't have a reference, but I think the salute went from palm-out in the Civil War, to transitioning to a palm-down salute through the Indian Wars, until palm-down was pretty much universal by the Spanish-American War. It's an interesting question.
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This may be from Pershings time in Europe, as the Brits certainly saluted palm out, and from a second party, the French did also. The French was in association with Legion, and they still do it that way.
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