Confederate Woman’s Cloak

Description
This cloak was made from captured Confederate Army gray cloth and was worn by a woman. The donor indicates that this cloak was made at the first Freedmen's School in Richmond, Virginia. After the Civil War, the Freedmen's Bureau aided the establishment of schools to educate emancipated African-Americans.
The cloak is gray wool with three large brass eagle buttons and a 15" long hood. The circumference of the bottom edge of the cloak measures 184 inches. The inside of the cloak is fully lined with red wool.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cloak
associated date
1865-1870
Physical Description
green/gray (overall color)
wool (overall material)
red (lining color)
brass (buttons material)
Measurements
overall: 35 in x 184 in; 88.9 cm x 467.36 cm
overall (padded): 47 in x 184 in x 4 in; 119.38 cm x 467.36 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AF*35009
catalog number
35009
accession number
87112
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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