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    Identified Civil War Cavalry Lieutenant's Jacket Charles S. Rust 31st Mass Infantry ( Mounted in Dec 1863 ) The sleeves are cut with wide ballooned elbows tapering to narrow 3 button cuffs. Twelve button front ( 4 each, Evans, Scovill and Extra Quality). A hook and eye arrangement closes the base of the 1" tall stand-up collar which exhibits a series of black stitched open leaves that run for 3 1/2". On the shoulders are affixed the original single border bullion cavalry lieutenant's shoulder straps. Each strap measures 1½" x 4". The interior is the typical deep green, heavily quilted polished cotton with double breast pockets. The interior waist band lined with red morocco leather. Wool is in excellent condition with one 3/8" hole on the back and two very small holes on the sleeves.
    Accompanying the jacket is a letter from noted dealer Jim Stamatelos stating that the jacket came from the Edwards estate in Hadley Mass and belonged to Charles S. Rust of the 31st Mass Infantry and that the 31st Mass was mounted and equipped as cavalry in Dec 1863. Also included is a 1975 Gettysburg Sutler catalog listing the jacket for sale.
    Charles S. Rust enlisted on Feb 14, 1862 as a Quartermaster Sergeant in the 31st Mass, promoted to 2nd Lieut April 1, 1863 and 1st Lieut Feb 3, 1864. Mustering out Sept 9, 1865.
    The 31st Mass served with the Army and Department of the Gulf. After being mounted they were unofficially known as the 6th Mass Cavalry.
    Classic cavalry officer's short jacket in fine condition.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    13th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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