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    Colorful and Historic Civil War Sixth Massachusetts Infantry Coatee. A scarce garment with great eye appeal, this militia coatee was worn during the war by a member of the famed Sixth Massachusetts Regiment. A classic example of New England militia garb, the blue and white wool swallow-tailed coat is in excellent condition with all but one of its "Scoville" backmarked "Mass. Volunteer Militia" buttons in place (a total of forty-eight present). The 1½" tall stand up collar is decorated with a small militia button on each side, set on a white background. Three rows of larger buttons embellish the chest and three small buttons are sewn onto scalloped white vertical panels on each cuff of the ballooned sleeves. Similarly, each swallow-tail is decorated with white panels and five large buttons. Affixed to each shoulder by small militia buttons are the original, impressive epaulets, constructed of dark blue wool over a pasteboard and metal frame. In the center of the "crescent" area is a nicely detailed stamped brass wreath in which is a scroll pattern brass company letter "E." The crescent is bordered with yellow and medium blue cording and ends in bright yellow fringe. The interior is lined with quilted white cotton in the body and brown polished cotton in the tails. Condition is excellent with some negligible moth nips and slight soiling to the lining contemporary with its use. Nicely inked on the inside is the owner's name "S. E. Hoar."

    Private Sherman Hoar enlisted at age 33 in this unit in August, 1862 and served until he was discharged for disability in October. The unit is best known as the regiment that was attacked by a secessionist mob while marching through Baltimore en route to Washington in 1861. Each company of the Sixth Massachusetts was comprised of independent militia units, and each had its own distinct uniform in addition to any worn while in Federal service. It was one of the first to answer President Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers in April, 1861 and served for three months. It again served for nine months from August to May, 1862 and again for 100 days from July to October, 1864. Militia uniforms tied solidly to the Civil War period are most difficult to find and the connection to such an historical regiment makes this one particularly desirable.


    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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