|Object Name||Breastplate, Armor|
|Description||Four piece sheet iron breastplate with hinged sheet iron tassets. Two pieces of tasset missing.|
|Owned||unidentified Union soldier|
|Made||Atwater Armour Company, New Haven, Connecticut, USA|
Breastplate worn by a Federal soldier.
Steel vests were not standard issue during the Civil War, but were sold by private sutlers that followed the armies on their campaigns. However, the armor was heavy, hot, ineffective at close range, and likely to elicit ridicule or charges of cowardice from fellow soldiers.
unidentified Union soldier (owner)