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    Confederate Militia Uniform Worn by Capt. Peyton N. Hale, Co. F "Grayson Dare Devils", 4th Virginia Inf., Killed in Action at First Bull Run. Heavy double breasted butternut wool tail coat with five button front, single cuff size button at each split cuff, one button at the top of each tail, one of which is missing. All buttons marked Gold Color Superior. Buttons are concave in the center with star in the middle. Cuff buttons bear a scroll motif but are one piece with no backmark. Coat with rolled collar and rather narrow sleeves, more reminiscent of the C. 1840 period. White cotton sleeve lining with and extra gray wool liner inside, making the coat double thickness. Coat in excellent untouched condition overall with just a few small worn areas. The trousers are somewhat unorthodox, utilizing brass rivet type buttons for suspenders and fly and painted composition buttons to close the pockets. Uniquely the trousers also exhibit a single hip pocket on the right side. White polished cotton waist lining and white cotton pocket lining. Rear pocket does not utilize a button. Belted back with V notch above. The two tine brass buckle is unmarked. Constructed of rather lightweight coarse weave wool with a 1" brown stripe actually woven into the trouser leg next to the seam. Cuff lining of very coarse linen. Trousers also excellent with some minor mothing and a few holes.
    The butternut gray wool kepi stands just over 4 1/2" high at the front. Thick, and rather large, tarred leather visor, 1/2" tarred leather chinstrap, with elaborate stamped brass adjusting buckle. The side buttons are nearly flat and are fastened with spread brass strips rather than an eye. Very nice condition with just some worn areas at the back and the lower portion of the back seam has been resewn, obviously long ago. The hat uses a stiffening ring around the crown to hold its form, else the crown is unlined but shows the remains of a paper label that appears to incorporate the Virginia state seal. The hat shows no signs of ever having had a sweatband, with a large, loose black silk bag type liner. 1 1/2" high numeral 4 attached at the front of the crown with wire loops.
    Purchased by the consignor from direct lineal descendants in Culpeper, VA. and accompanied by signed affidavit detailing the lineage and provenance of the uniform from the Civil War until its purchase by the consignor. It is important to note that included with that provenance is the fact that although this is the uniform Hale's body was returned to the family in this uniform, it was removed and Hale was buried in a new, regulation Confederate officer's uniform that had been ordered for him and arrived in the family's hands prior to his death. This uniform was removed and the regulation Confederate uniform placed on his body prior to burial, thus providing an important part of the provenance/lineage of the piece from Hale's death at Bull Run to the acquisition of the uniform from the consignor from the family.
    The 4th Virginia Infantry was part of the 'Stonewall Brigade' and is credited, at 1st Manassas with having created the "Rebel Yell", during an attack ordered by Jackson, supported by Colonel Thomas Preston and the 27th Virginia.
    Historically a remarkable Confederate uniform, and exemplary of what many southern, especially Virginia, troops wore into the field in that first battle that was, of course, supposed to end the war.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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