US Army Model 1832 General Staff Frock Coat worn by William T. Sherman

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Description
US Army General Staff frock coat, Model 1832, worn by Army Captain William Tecumseh Sherman. The blue wool, single breasted frock coat has 10 brass eagle buttons down its front and one small button on its left sleeve, and wool and bullion epaulettes on its shoulders. A brass fastener was found in its inside pocket. There is brown velvet lining on the inside of the collar. The coat has padded with wool felting in its upper half and some remnants of the original black silk lining. This coat was worn by Sherman at his Washington, D.C. wedding in 1850. The ceremony, in which Sherman wed Eleanor Boyle ("Ellen") Ewing, daughter of US Senator Thomas Ewing, was attended by president Zachary Taylor, among other Washington elites.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1832-1850
used date
1850
associated date
1832
wearer
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Physical Description
blue, dark (overall color)
wool (overall material)
brass (buttons material)
velvet (inside collar material)
Measurements
overall: 40 in x 18 in; 101.6 cm x 45.72 cm
overall (padded): 36 in x 22 in x 4 in; 91.44 cm x 55.88 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AF.15930
accession number
59388
catalog number
15930
Credit Line
Hon. P. Tecumseh Sherman
subject
Army
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William Tecumseh Sherman
Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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