Confederate Woman’s Cloak

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.
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green/gray (overall color)
wool (overall material)
red (lining color)
brass (buttons material)
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
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Margaret Hillhouse
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History