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    Chasseur de Vincennes Dress and Undress Jacket Identified to Otis Skinner Guild Co. F 18th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry.
    1) Nine-button blue wool dress jacket (M1860 tunique) with yellow piping on the edges, cuffs, collar and shoulder straps. There are two buttons on each sleeve and spots for four more on the lower back cut-away (only one still present). These are one-piece pewter buttons with American eagle and 13 stars made by Cordier Freres of Paris. Quilted lining marked with the size, "D 97" and the name of the owner, "O. S. G. Co. F Dedham [illegible]" along with a inspector's rubber stamp at the bottom. Some mothing, but generally sound and in good condition. 2) Similar to #1, a fatigue jacket (habit veste), sans piping. lacking one of the front buttons. the buff lining marked "A 27" along with the inspector's rubber stamp. Scattered mothing. Sound. Both garments manufactured using a combination of machine and hand stitching.

    The First Battle of Bull Run had highlighted the fact that inexperienced volunteers were ill prepared for actual battle. Therefore, a great emphasis was placed on drilling. In the fall of 1861, a grand review was held at Bailey's Crossroads and included a competition to choose the best disciplined units for drill in the Army of the Potomac. The winning regiments were the 83rd PA, 62nd PA and the 18th MASS. The prize for members of these winning units was to receive one of the 10,000 uniform sets recently purchased from France by the U.S. Quartermaster. These two coats are excellent examples of the Chasseur uniforms they received. Reference pictures can be found on Page 149 of the Time Life book Arms and Equipment of the Union.

    Guild enlisted April 19. 1861 and served until his discharge on Sept. 2, 1864. The 18th Massachusetts fought at many of the major battles of the war, including Second Bull Run, Antietam. Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. They were part of the Fifth [V] Army Corps.


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    June, 2021
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