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Object Name Coat, Frock
Catalog Number 0985.13.00555
Date 1861
Description Uniform frock coat: double breasted, 7 buttons in each row, cadet gray wool kersey with buff wool broadcloth piping, no facings, light sky blue polished cotton lining in body, off-white muslin lining in sleeves, dark green wool and silk lining in skirt, gold braid second lieutenant's collar insignia, gold sleeve braid, and Federal staff buttons with backmarks, "SUPERIOR / QUALITY, ACKERMAN & MIXER EXTRA SUPERFINE / NEW YORK" and "STEELE & JOHNSON."
Owned Cecil Baker
Owner Regiment 9th Virginia Cavalry, Co. B, "Caroline Light Dragoons"
Provenance Lieutenant Cecil Baker wore this frock coat (.555), pants, and vest (.555b) during the war. "The coat was made from cloth that ran the blockade from England in 1864. When the Yankee army passed by our home, on the way to Richmond in 1864, and pillaged our house, from garret to cellar, not even leaving the ladies and children a change of clothes, this suit was saved, by a faithful colored man, who secreted the trunk containing it in a thicket of briars, some distance from the dwelling, and returned it to me [Lina Baker, widow of Cecil Baker] several weeks afterward, when all danger of discovery was over." (donor letter)
People Baker, Cecil
Search Terms items hidden from Union soldiers
Overland Campaign
Subjects African Americans
Blockade running
Hidden property