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July 27, 2012

National Guard officer’s frock coat

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

National Guard officer's frock coat

Civil War-era double-breasted officer’s frock coat made of wool flannel lined with cotton twill above the waist and cotton below the waist. The front closes with two rows of eight General Staff buttons; one has been replaced with a staff-type Grand Army of the Republic button. The coat combines early and late-period stylistic features and is not a regulation item. It was probably worn by Lieutenant John A. West while he served in the 2nd Minnesota National Guard Regiment, Company C, but may also be from a militia organization.

For details, view the coat in our online collections database.

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