Confederate Army Surgeon’s Vest

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Description (Brief)
This vest was worn by a Confederate Army surgeon during the American Civil War. Single-breasted dark blue wool vest, which originally had eight brass eagle buttons. Four buttons starting with the second-most from the top down are currently missing. There are two horizontal slash pockets on the left side of the vest, and one on the right. The top left side pocket and the right side pocket are lined with 1/8" gold braid. Tied to the top button is a length of the gold braid. The back of the vest is made of brown cotton. There is an two piece adjustable strap at the back waist with a metal buckle. The two sides of the strap are tied together in a knot next to the buckle. The inside of the vest is fully lined with off-white cotton and is padded in the front. On the left side of the front chest is handwritten in brown and blue ink, "Dr. I.E. Nagle Surgeon, C.S.A."
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Physical Description
dark blue (overall color)
wool (overall material)
gold braid (braid material)
brass (buttons material)
overall: 19 in x 14 in; 48.26 cm x 35.56 cm
overall (padded): 19 in x 12 in x 3 in; 48.26 cm x 30.48 cm x 7.62 cm
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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


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