US Army Model 1832 Artillery Coatee worn by William T. Sherman

US Army Model 1832 Artillery Coatee worn by William T. Sherman

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United States Army Artillery officer's coatee, Model 1832, worn by William Tecumseh Sherman in 1842 while a First Lieutenant stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. Sherman, serving in Company G of the 3rd U.S. Artillery Regiment, was on garrison duty at Fort Moultrie in Charleston harbor until 1846, when he was reassigned to commissary duty in California during the Mexican War. Sherman had an active social life while stationed in South Carolina, frequently visiting friends and attending events in Charleston, where US Army officers held a high social status.
This blue wool double breasted coat has a double row of 10 artillery "A" and eagle gold plated buttons down its front with 2 small buttons on either side of collar, 2 on each cuff, 4 on each coattail and 2 at the waist. Double rows of heavy gold lace decorate the front of the collar behind the cuff buttons and on the coattails. Red piping edges the lacing on the cuff, collar, and coattails. There are 2 small, blue fabric covered buttons and button holes hidden at the cuffs. Metal embroidery artillery insignia are found at the base of each coattail. There are pockets in both coat tails. The coat's lining is red wool and the sleeves are lined with cream colored cotton. The front of the jacket is padded. There are gold lace epaulet holders on the shoulders of the coat and button holes down both the left and right lapel. There are 2 heavy hooks and eyes at the waist and 3 at the collar opening.
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Other Terms
coatee; Man; Army; Artillery; Lieutenant, First or Second; Officer; Winter; Dress
date made
ca 1832-1842
used date
Era 4: Expansion and Reform
associated date
associated person; user
Sherman, William Tecumseh
place worn
United States: South Carolina, Charleston
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
blue (overall color)
red (piping color)
gold plated (buttons material)
gold lace (collar piping material)
overall: 39 in x 15 in; 99.06 cm x 38.1 cm
overall (padded): 38 in x 20 in x 4 in; 96.52 cm x 50.8 cm x 10.16 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Hon. P. Tecumseh Sherman
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
William Tecumseh Sherman
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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