Pair of General of the Army shoulder straps worn by William T. Sherman

Pair of shoulder straps worn by William Tecumseh Sherman when he held the rank of General of the Army after the Civil War. The two shoulder straps are embroidered in metallic thread with the coat of arms of the United States, an eagle facing left over three American flags, between two five point stars with a gold border. Sherman designed these straps in 1872 for his use as General of the Army, and wore them until his resignation from the post of Commanding General of the United States Army in 1883.
Currently not on view
Object Name
insignia, pair of
date made
ca 1872
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Physical Description
cloth (overall material)
metallic thread (overall material)
overall, box: 3 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 8.89 cm x 13.335 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
William Tecumseh Sherman
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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