Confederate Army Colonel Robert W. Harper's Trousers

These dismounted trousers were worn by Confederate Army Infantry Colonel Robert W. Harper. Medium blue wool unlined trousers with five flat brown nonmetal four-hole buttons at the fly and six buttons around the waistband. The top button on the fly is on the inside of the waist with a button loop on the opposite side. There are two frog-mouth pockets on each side which button with a small silk-covered button, and a single watch pocket on the right side of the waist. There is a 1 1/2" "V" shaped slit at the back of the pants and a rear metal buckle adjustable strap. There is a 3/8" gold metallic braid down the side seam of each pant leg. The waist facing and pockets are made of cream colored cotton. "Col Harper" is written both on the right side of the watch pocket (in pen) and on the right front waist band facing (in pencil). The cuff is lined for about six inches up the pant leg.
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Object Name
Object Type
associated date
user; associated person
Harper, Robert W.
Physical Description
medium blue (overall color)
wool (overall material)
metal (buckle material)
gold braid (stripe material)
overall: 32 in x 30 in; 81.28 cm x 76.2 cm
overall (padded): 43 in x 15 in x 1 in; 109.22 cm x 38.1 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military Uniforms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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