Confederate Army Infantry Colonel’s Vest

This vest was worn by a colonel in the Confederate Army Infantry. Single-breasted black wool vest with blue and red stripes. There is a single row of six small brass buttons on the front breast. The buttons are decorated with an eagle grasping an anchor and encircled by thirteen stars. The vest is finished along the collar, flaps, and bottom front with black cording and blue, green, and brown ribbon. There is one horizontal slash pocket on the left front side of the vest and two on the right front. The back of the vest is constructed from brown cotton. There are two adjustable straps on the back waist, one with a metal buckle. Handwritten in ink on the inside of the right strap is the text, "R. W. Harper Sept-12 60". The inside is fully lined with off-white cotton. There is a pocket in the left side of the lining and a leather strip on the bottom inside of each side of the vest.
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Object Name
associated date
Harper, Robert W.
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
black (overall color)
blue (stripes color)
red (stripes color)
green (stripes color)
brass (buttons material)
overall: 22 in x 11 1/2 in; 55.88 cm x 29.21 cm
overall (padded): 21 in x 11 in x 2 in; 53.34 cm x 27.94 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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