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178th Pennsylvania Infantry Identified Captain's Single Breasted Frock Coat
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Here is a great displaying coat! This is an original Union Infantry frock coat. What makes this one extra special is that it identified to Captain W.H. Shuman, who served with Co. I, of the 178th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. This is a classic Civil War navy blue nine-button single-breasted infantry officer's frock coat and captain's shoulder straps. Going down the front it is adorned with the classic Civil War staff officer buttons that are marked "Extra Quality." On each shoulder it has the original hand made rank straps. They have the light blue cloth in the center with the single gold tape border and gold captain's bars. At the end of each sleeve, it has the three small staff officer buttons on the functional cuff. The coat has the correct long pattern skirt that is approximately 18 1/2 inches to the rough edge bottom. The sleeves of the coat are the correct 9 inch width at the elbow. The back of the coat has the four coat-size buttons on rear vent and at the waist and tails. When you open the coat up, you see the original sleeve, body, and pocket linings in place. The inside of the coat is crafted with the stitched green lining and sleeves lined in white cotton. It has the interior pocket at the left breast as well as the pockets at the tails. It has the ink identification under the interior coat hook that is partially legible, and reads "[illegible] Shuma[n]." The coat displays well as you can see with scattered mothing, and some surface wear. There is an approximate 2 inch tear in the seam under right arm through to and including the interior lining. It doesn't detract from the display but is mentioned for exactness. Accompanying the coat is an ancient handwritten note that measures 5 inches by 2 3/4 inches in size that identifies the coat to captain Shuman: "Father Shumans / coat he whare when / he was Captain of the Home Guards of / Brownsville Pa / Emma." The records show that William H. Shuman (1837-1913) mustered into the 178th regiment as a captain at Espy, Pennsylvania, on 25 November 1862 and mustered out 27 July 1863. The regiment of drafted militia's nine month service included duty at Newport News and Yorktown, Virginia, reconnaissance to Bottom's Bridge, a skirmish at Chickahominy, and garrison duty Washington, DC. Records of Shuman's service as well as that of the 178th Pennsylvania Infantry will accompany the coat. This is a nice looking original Civil War coat that has an honest history!


Item #: B5301
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Your Price:$4,950.00 USD
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