Artillery officer's frock coat worn by Henry S. Gansevoort

Artillery officer's frock coat worn by Henry S. Gansevoort

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United States Army Artillery officer's frock coat 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 wool, single-breasted frock coat has a single row of nine large gold eagle artillery buttons down the front, three small buttons on each cuff, two at the waist and one at the bottom of the opening of the pockets in the coattails. There is a deep pocket in each coattail. The coat is padded and there is a large breast pocket on left side. There is a hanging loop at the inside neck line, and the collar is lined with velvet. Each shoulder has a metal clip and a rectangular shoulder strap outlined in metallic braid around the outside edge with two sets of captain's bars on a red fabric field. The straps' lining is black silk. The lining of the coat's sleeves is natural cotton. Inside, the coat has a woolen band with hooks and eyes at the waist.
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Coat; Man; Army; Officer; Dress; Service
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Gansevoort, Henry S.
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
dark blue (overall color)
gold (buttons material)
red (shoulder straps color)
overall: 38 in x 17 in; 96.52 cm x 43.18 cm
overall (padded): 37 in x 20 in x 4 in; 93.98 cm x 50.8 cm x 10.16 cm
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Civil War
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National Museum of American History
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