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Object Name Coat, Frock
Catalog Number 0985.04.00001
Description Pleated uniform fatigue coat: single breasted, 6 button front, brownish-gray wool and cotton cloth with no facings or piping, pleated bodice and skirts, brown cotton osnaburg lining in body, white cotton sheeting lining in sleeves; white wool yarn general's insignia on black wool backing affixed to turndown collar, no sleeve braid, Kentucky state buttons with backmarks: "SUPERIOR/QUALITY" and "JAS. S. SMITH & SONS/NEW YORK," Federal staff cuff buttons with backmark: "RIVET'D & SOLDER'D." Plain pointed cuffs.
Owned Simon Bolivar Buckner
Provenance The Kentucky State Guard, of which Buckner was adjutant general, adopted both of these uniform styles (see also 0985.4.22) on the eve of the war. Neither was an official Confederate uniform, but some Confederate officers liked and adopted the fatigue jacket. Indeed when Gen. Leonidas Polk borrowed Buckner's coat to copy, he exclaimed "I like it sir, it looks comfortable, it looks soldierly, in fact sir, it looks rebellious!"
People Buckner, Simon Bolivar
Subjects Uniforms
Civil War, U.S.