Confederate Army Artillery Officer’s Trousers, Model 1861

These dismounted trousers were worn by Confederate Army Artillery Captain Woodbury Wheeler. Medium blue wool unlined trousers with five flat brass metal four-hole buttons at the fly, six buttons around the waistband, and two vertical slash pockets. There is a two-inch "v"-shaped slit in the back of the trousers. There is a 1 3/4" red wool stripe down the side of each pant leg. Waist facing, pockets, and button hole lining are made of cream colored cotton. The initials "GA" are written in brown ink on the center of the back lining. The entire inside has been lined with a blue fabric in a recent conservation effort. The moth hole edges have been tacked to the lining with small blue stitching.
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Object Name
Object Type
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Wheeler, Woodbury
Physical Description
blue (overall color)
red (stripe color)
wool (stripe material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 31 in x 29 in; 78.74 cm x 73.66 cm
overall (padded): 42 in x 14 in x 2 in; 106.68 cm x 35.56 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
AF*35675 [dup5]
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Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
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Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military Uniforms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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