Confederate shell jacket worn by Alex Hunter

Shell jacket worn by Private Alexander Hunter of the 17th Virginia Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia. The jacket was originally issued to a private in the 8th Virginia Infantry, but when that man was killed at the Second Battle of Manassas, August 31, 1862, his sister gave it to Hunter, who was wearing a tattered jacket at the time. Hunter continued to wear the jacket throughout the war, including his service with the 4th Virginia Cavalry, the "Black Horse Cavalry," and was wounded twice while wearing it. The single-breasted medium gray wool shell jacket has seven button holes down the front. The jacket is fully lined with green and brown brocade, with its sleeves lined in natural cotton. There is a breast slit pocket on the left side.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1860-1862
associated date
Hunter, Alex
Physical Description
medium gray (overall color)
wool (overall material)
overall: 21 in x 16 in; 53.34 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 20 in x 15 in x 3 in; 50.8 cm x 38.1 cm x 7.62 cm
place made
United States: Virginia
place worn
United States: Virginia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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