Infantry Private's Coat

Physical Description
Dark-blue cloth lined with white serge and edged with white kerseymere. Brown leather forage cap with slightly darker leather bill.
General History
The soft leather forage cap was introduced in 1833. There seems to be no historical reason for the distinct change in the style of the cap. Since soldiers wore their uniforms day and night, it has been reported that the forage cap came in handy at night. With the strap buckled under the chin tightly it was a big help, according to one hospital steward, "to keep out of our ears, ear-wigs, centipedes, cockroaches, etc."
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1840
associated date
1834 - 1851
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
blue (overall color)
yellow (trim color)
brass (buttons material)
overall: 22 in x 16 in; 55.88 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 24 in x 18 in x 4 in; 60.96 cm x 45.72 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AF.22729 [dup2]
catalog number
accession number
related event
Expansion and Reform
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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