Dismounted Army artillery officer's trousers worn by Henry S. Gansevoort

Dismounted Army artillery officer's trousers worn by Henry S. Gansevoort

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United States Army model 1851 dismounted regimental artillery officer's trousers worn by Henry S. Gansevoort when he served in Battery C of the Fifth US Artillery during the American Civil War. After serving for thirty days as a private in the 7th New York National Guard in 1861, Gansevoort obtained a commission as Second Lieutenant in the 5th US Artillery May 14, 1861, and was promoted to First Lieutenant March 1, 1862. Gansevoort served with the 5th throughout the Peninsula Campaign, Second Battle of Bull Run, and Antietam, where he was promoted by brevet to Captain for his "gallant and meritorious service." He took a new commission as Lieutenant Colonel in the 13th New York Cavalry on June 20, 1863. The dark blue fine wool twill trousers have a six button fly and six large black metal buttons around the waist. The top button on the fly is on the opposite side from the others. There is a watch pocket that has been worked into the middle of the waist band on the right, which is marked "H. L. Gansevoort leg 35 1/8" on the inside. There are two frog mouth pockets with a small round black button on each side of the front. The waistband facing is silk. There is linen facing below the waistband. There is a "V" shaped slit and strap and buckle for waist adjustment at the rear of the waistband. The trousers are unlined. There a 1/8 red wool welt that runs from the waistband to the cuff on the outside seam of each leg. There are two gussets in the crotch. The inside of the crotch is faced with cotton. Stamped on the buckle is the word "Paris". At the inside back of the cuff at each leg is a strip of glazed cotton.
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Object Name
Object Type
Other Terms
Trousers; Man; Army; Artillery; Officer
associated date
1861 - 1864
Gansevoort, Henry S.
Physical Description
dark blue (overall color)
wool (overall material)
red (stripe color)
metal (buttons material)
brass (buckle material)
overall: 35 in x 32 in; 88.9 cm x 81.28 cm
overall (padded): 49 in x 16 in x 2 in; 124.46 cm x 40.64 cm x 5.08 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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