Army Infantry Corporal’s Trousers, Model 1861, Type I

Army Infantry Corporal’s Trousers, Model 1861, Type I

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These model 1861 type I dismounted trousers would have been worn by a Corporal in a U.S. Army Infantry regiment. The white stripe does not conform to the proper branch color for Infantry, which according to the 1861 regulations should be dark blue. Pair of sky blue wool twill trousers which formerly had a six button fly and four large buttons around the waist. One button is currently missing from the fly, and no buttons remain on the waistband. All buttons are tin except for the top button on the fly, which appears to be gutta-percha. There are two vertical slash pockets and a single watch pocket on the right side of the waist. The waistband facing and pockets are cotton twill. There is a "V" shaped slit and two eyelets for waist adjustment at the rear of the waistband. The trousers are unlined. There is 1/2" stripe of white wool tape, which has soiled to a buff color. The stripe runs from the waistband to the cuff on the outside seam of each leg. There is a one inch slit at the bottom of the outside seams. "2 SA" is stamped on the back right waistband facing.
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Trousers; Man; Army; Infantry; Corporal; Enlisted Man
used date
1861 - 1872
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Physical Description
wool (overall material)
sky blue (overall color)
white (stripe color)
tin (buttons material)
gutta percha (button material)
overall: 31 in x 33 in; 78.74 cm x 83.82 cm
overall (padded): 44 1/2 in x 17 in x 2 in; 113.03 cm x 43.18 cm x 5.08 cm
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
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National Museum of American History
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