Zouave Civil War Frock Coat
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This dark blue wool coat is part of a Zouaves Officer's uniform worn by Colonel Harmon D. Hull, 5th NY Volunteer Infantry and the 2nd Battalion 165th NY Volunteer Infantry. It has two rows of seven round, gilt buttons sewn on the front. Each button is stamped with the national U. S. Eagle symbol and the letter 'I,' indicating Infantry unit. The backs of the buttons are stamped "D Evans & Co./Attleboro Mass." The coat has a mandarin-style upright collar, a form fitting torso section, a flared skirt with two pleats and a long slit in center decorated with four eagle buttons. Each cuff has three smaller gilt eagle buttons with an 'I' on the eagle. One round, gilt disc with an upright post is on each shoulder for attaching epaulettes. One gold fabric loop is also sewn on each shoulder and a metal loop is sewn at the neck. The coat's interior is lined with dark green cloth on the skirt and with tan cotton muslin in the sleeves. Inside are two pockets in the skirt and one at the chest on the wearer's left side. The coat accompanies red wool pants (72.622b). The dimensions of the double-breasted coat are: chest 83 cm circumference, center back 107 cm long. Colonel Harmon D. Hull's Zouave uniform included a dark blue regulation frock coat and brilliant red trousers. In addition, he wore a blue and gilt sword-belt and matching baldric, a maroon sash, gaiters and epaulets on the shoulders of his coat. Colonel Hull's coat, a military frock coat, was much less dramatic than many Zouave coats (see Plate of Three Civil War Soldiers dressed in Zouave uniforms 72.622b). Antebellum Society and the Civil War 16 History
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
|United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865|
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