Captain Woodbury Wheeler's Frock Coat, Model 1861

Description
This frock coat belonged to Confederate Army Captain Woodbury Wheeler of the 10th Battalion of the North Carolina Artillery. Double breasted gray wool frock coat with two rows of seven large gilt artillery "A" buttons down the front, two at the back waist, and two small buttons on each cuff. The reverse of the buttons are marked: "Superior Quality" except for one which says: "Riveted and Soldered" with the image of a unicorn and a lion. Both the inner and outer breasts of the front of the coat have button holes. There is a hook and eye closure at the collar. There is a brass belt bolster at the left back waist seam. There is a heavy hook and eye at the front waist. The collar and cuffs are faced with red wool. Above the cuff there is are two rows of 1/8" gold lace ornamentation called an Austrian knot. The entire jacket is trimmed with red wool cording. There is a deep pocket in each coattail. The openings to the pockets are bound with red wool. The collar has three bars of 1/4" gold metallic tape on each side. The entire jacket is lined with a brown glazed cotton-wool mix fabric. The lining of the sleeves is cotton twill. The fronts of the jacket have been hand quilted in squares. There is a breast pocket in the front left.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coat
frock coat
associated date
1861-1862
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
gray (overall color)
red (trim color)
gold braid (trim material)
gold (buttons material)
Measurements
overall: 34 in x 16 in; 86.36 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 33 in x 17 in x 4 in; 83.82 cm x 43.18 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AF*35675(4)
catalog number
35675(4)
accession number
99695
subject
Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military
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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