Confederate Army Frock Coat, Model 1861

Confederate Army Frock Coat, Model 1861

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This Confederate Army frock coat would have been worn during the American Civil War. It is a single breasted gray wool frock coat with eight brass State of Virginia buttons down the front. The buttons depict the Virginia state motto of "Sic Semper Tyrannis" around an image of Virtus standing over a defeated Tyranny. The bottom button on the chest is missing, and two buttons are missing on the back waist. There are two locations with missing buttons on the back of the skirt. There are three smaller brass buttons on the right cuff and two on the left cuff. The top button is missing on the left cuff. There are cloth belt loops on each side just above the waist and secured with a small button on the upper end of the loop. There is single breast pocket in the left inside of the coat. The coat is fully lined with padded wool. Sleeves are lined with a polka-dotted fabric. The same fabric is used to make a fabric loop on the inside collar.
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coat; Uniforms; Man; Csa, Virginia
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United States: Virginia
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
gray (overall color)
brass (buttons material)
average spatial: 40 in x 16 in; 101.6 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 39 in x 18 in x 3 in; 99.06 cm x 45.72 cm x 7.62 cm
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Military Uniforms
Civil War Uniforms
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National Museum of American History
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I recently found a cuff button that came from one of these uniforms/ frocks. I am very happy to have it in my possession. I am a metal detector guru. I hope to be able to locate more. Thank you for the insight on the button. Was thes soldiers part of a scouting team? Militia? Or just soldiers?

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