Buffalo Soldier Uniform Coat

Description
African American soldiers were allowed to enlist in the regular peacetime army of the United States for the first time at the end of the Civil War. Many of the new regulars had fought as United States Colored Troops during the war. By 1869, four African American regiments—the 9th and 10th Cavalry, the 24th and 25 Infantry—had been dispatched to the western frontier wars. Their duties were not limited to fighting Indians, who first called them "buffalo soldiers." In garrison, they drilled, stood guard, and maintained horses, barracks, weapons, and equipment. In the field, they patrolled harsh terrain in every extreme of weather, built or rebuilt army posts, strung telegraph wire, and escorted settlers, cattle herds, and railroad crews.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coat
associated dates
1918-01-05-1919-03-19
Associated Date
ca 1914-1918
user
Blayton, Benjamin B.
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
metal (overall material)
khaki (overall color)
Measurements
average spatial: 39 cm x 70 cm; x 15 3/8 in x 27 9/16 in
overall (padded): 28 in x 18 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 71.12 cm x 46.99 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
1994.0339.06
catalog number
1994.0339.06
accession number
1994.0339
subject
Military
Clothing & Accessories
Cultures & Communities
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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