Army Cavalry Sergeant's Trousers, Model 1861

These model 1861 type III mounted trousers would have been worn by a cavalry sergeant in the U.S. Army Calvary. Pair of unlined sky blue kersey wool twill trousers with a six tin button fly and six large tin buttons around the waist. There are two vertical slash pockets set into the side seams of each leg and a single watch pocket on the right side of the waistband. The waistband facing and the side pockets are cotton. There is a "V" shaped slit and two reinforced eyelets at the back waist. There is a second layer of wool kersey reinforcement which runs from the seat of the pants down the inside each leg to the cuff. A 1 5/8" stripe of yellow wool tape extends from the top of the pocket to the cuff on the outside seam of each leg. There is a one inch slit at the bottom of the outside seams of each cuff and a pair of small tin buttons on the bottom inside and outside seams of the inside of the trouser leg. The numeral "12" is stamped on the waistband facing on the back left side. "A & S Oct 10th, 1864" is stamped on both sides of the waistband facing. A number "8" is written on the right pocket in red.
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Object Name
used date
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Anspach & Stanton
Physical Description
sky blue (overall color)
wool (overall material)
yellow (stripe color)
tin (buttons material)
overall: 31 in x 32 in; 78.74 cm x 81.28 cm
overall (padded): 44 in x 15 in x 2 in; 111.76 cm x 38.1 cm x 5.08 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
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Civil War Uniforms
Military Uniforms
Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military Uniforms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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