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

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.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1832-1850
used date
associated date
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Physical Description
blue, dark (overall color)
wool (overall material)
brass (buttons material)
velvet (inside collar material)
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
accession number
catalog number
William Tecumseh Sherman
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William Tecumseh Sherman
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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