Model 1857 Frock Coat

This coat bears the insignia of a hospital steward—a yellow silk embroidered caduceus on each sleeve. The responsibilities of hospital stewards included maintaining order and discipline, keeping records, dressing minor wounds, assisting surgeons, and serving as pharmacists. No one except the hospital steward was allowed into the dispensary where opium, morphine, and other drugs were stored.
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wool (overall material)
dark blue (overall color)
crimson (trim color)
green (half-chevron color)
brass (buttons material)
overall: 36 in x 16 in; 91.44 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 36 in x 16 in x 2 in; 91.44 cm x 40.64 cm x 5.08 cm
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Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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