George Armstrong Custer's dress uniform frock coat

George Armstrong Custer's dress uniform frock coat

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In the Fall of 1862, while on leave from the Civil War, George Armstrong Custer met Elizabeth "Libbie" Bacon at a social in Monroe, Michigan. Libbie, the daughter of a prominent judge, fell in love with the dashing Custer. Her father opposed the match, as Custer was from an undistinguished family, but finally relented after Custer was promoted to Major General, U.S. Volunteers. On February 9, 1864, Custer was wed to Libbie Bacon wearing this coat.
The coat is a regulation 1861 Major General's uniform coat, of dark blue wool with blue velvet collar and cuffs. Two rows of nine buttons are placed in groups of three down the breast, with three smaller buttons adorning the cuffs. Attached to each shoulder is a shoulder board trimmed with gold thread, with two silver-embroidered stars denoting the rank of Major General.
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Other Terms
Coat; Man; Army; Major General; Officer; Dress
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Custer, George Armstrong
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
velvet (overall material)
metal (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall (padded): 37 in x 16 in x 2 in; 93.98 cm x 40.64 cm x 5.08 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Elizabeth B. Custer
Civil War
Uniforms, Military
Civil War
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National Museum of American History
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