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Object Name Coat, Frock
Catalog Number 0985.13.00486
Description Uniform frock coat: double breasted, 8 buttons in each row set in pairs, cadet gray wool cloth with buff satin facings, no piping, dark green wool and silk lining in body, white cotton sheeting lining in sleeves, embroidered gold major's insignia on collar, gold sleeve braid; Federal staff buttons with backmark: "EXTRA/QUALITY"
Owned James Ewell Brown Stuart [J. E. B. Stuart]; John Esten Cooke
Provenance A general's coat modified for a major, this garment apparently belonged both to cavalry leader J.E.B. Stuart and his kinsman and staff officer, Captain John Esten Cooke (1830-1886). Upset over the failure of army authorities to promote Cooke from captain to major, Stuart gave his aide his own coat after having it "redecorated." According to Cooke's journal, Stuart gave him the coat in August 1862 instructing him, "please take this to Dogherty's [a tailor] and tell him to do it up." Cooke's promotion never came through, but Cooke kept the modified major's coat and Stuart addessed him as "Major."
People Stuart, James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) (Jeb)
Cooke, John Esten
Subjects Uniforms