Confederate Army Surgeon’s Vest

This vest was worn by a Confederate Army surgeon during the American Civil War. This is a single-breasted gray wool vest which originally had seven small brass eagle buttons. The second button from the top is missing. There is one horizontal slash pocket on the right front breast and two on the lower left front. The back of the vest is coarse off-white fabric. The front of the vest is lined and padded. The text "Dr. I.E. Nagle. Surgeon, C.S.A." is handwritten on the left lining in blue ink. There is also a modern identification tag stapled into the back with the number "2142(A)."
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Physical Description
grey (overall color)
wool (overall material)
brass (buttons material)
overall: 20 in x 12 1/2 in; 50.8 cm x 31.75 cm
overall (padded): 21 in x 12 in x 3 in; 53.34 cm x 30.48 cm x 7.62 cm
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Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
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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