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    Civil War Regulation Overcoat Identified to Pvt Eben Matthews, Co E, 42 Regt. Mass. Vol. Infantry. Constructed of sky blue kersey wool, the great coat has five large and six smaller buttons for fastening the unlined cape, as well as the belted back missing it's button. The course wool lining is in excellent condition with a museum identification tag near the bottom of the body of the lining. In the collar is an identification number that corresponds to a museum card giving the item an account number of 1937.144. Other papers confirm the coat as being on loan to the Chicago Historical Society by Laura Matthews the daughter of Eben in 1937. Further accounting of Eben Matthews record of service show he engaged in the defense around Washington and fought in skirmishes at the Battle of Winchester.
    Although this coat shows a number of wear patches on back and several moth holes throughout, it is very sound with no problems in the seams or lining. This lot is accompanied by pension records of Eben Matthews as well as correspondence between his daughter and the museum. A museum index card is included showing listing the items on loan as "a) Overcoat. b) Trousers. c) Cap." Handwritten on lined paper the collector has recorded only the overcoat and other information pertaining to Matthew's service record, leaving us to believe the trousers and cap were not with the coat when purchased.

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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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