Model 1857 Frock Coat

Model 1857 Frock Coat

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This coat bears the insignia of a hospital steward—a yellow silk embroidered caduceus on each sleeve. The responsibilities of hospital stewards included maintaining order and discipline, keeping records, dressing minor wounds, assisting surgeons, and serving as pharmacists. No one except the hospital steward was allowed into the dispensary where opium, morphine, and other drugs were stored.
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coat; Man; Army; Artillery; Enlisted Man; Dress
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wool (overall material)
dark blue (overall color)
crimson (trim color)
green (half-chevron color)
brass (buttons material)
overall: 36 in x 16 in; 91.44 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 36 in x 16 in x 2 in; 91.44 cm x 40.64 cm x 5.08 cm
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U.S. War Department
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
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National Museum of American History
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