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Object Name Jacket, Shell
Catalog Number 0985.13.00455
Description Single breasted, 8 button front, olive green drab wool broadcloth with no facings or piping, off white cotton osnaburg lining in body and sleeves; gold braid first lieutenant's collar insignia, no sleeve braid, Federal staff buttons with backmarks: "STEELE/JOHNSON," "SUPERIOR/QUALITY," and "EXTRA/QUALITY."
Dimensions L-22 inches
Owned Joseph Virginius Bidgood
Owner Regiment 32nd Virginia Infantry
Made possibly Virginia, CSA
Provenance The insignia suggests that Bidgood acquired this uniform very late in the war after he received his commission as lieutenant. The jacket may have been homemade, since the work is more typical of a seamstress than a tailor. Originally, button holes were worked in the right side, like those for a woman. These were sewn up and another set put in on the left side. A student at William and Mary when the war began, Bidgood enlisted in the 32nd Virginia Infantry and served throughout the war, most of it as regimental sergeant-major. After the war, he was a founding member of the R.E. Lee Camp No.1, United Confederate Veterans and served as adjutant general for the Virginia Division, UCV.
People Bidgood, Joseph Virginius
Subjects Uniforms
women (tentative)