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    A beautiful Civil War cavalry officer's frock coat with a wonderful history

    Superb Condition and Very Scarce Civil War Colonel of Cavalry Frock Coat. A truly quintessential example and one of the finest we've ever seen. Exquisite quality blue wool with black silk lining, quilted in the upper body with very fancy decorative stitching, with draped skirt. Great period sleeve cut, 10" elbows tapering to a 5" cuff, raw cut skirt edge. White polished cotton sleeve lining, brown polished cotton breast pocket and tail pocket lining. 1.25" black velvet lined standup collar. Double breasted seven button front with all of the original D. Evans eagle Cs. Two original Evans eagle Cs on top of the rear pleats, the two on the bottom pleats are missing. Split cuffs with three button closure retaining all of the original eagle C cuff buttons with period Scovill backmark. Original, massive colonel of cavalry shoulder straps, 2.25" wide, with very heavy triple bullion and gilt wire borders, bullion eagle with sequins on the wings, yellow velvet background. Just some honest wear to the velvet background, otherwise about perfect. The coat displays superb condition overall, just showing minor wear on the velvet collar lining and the slightest fading to the black silk body lining. Just some minor scattered mothing of the nap, and a few tiny holes on the skirt, really negligible.

    The coat carries verbal provenance to Colonel (later Bvt. Brig. Gen.) Horace Capron of the 14th Illinois Cavalry. Capron was commissioned Lt. Col. on December 13, 1862, and joined the 14th Illinois with its formation on January 7, 1863. He was appointed Col. February 7, 1863, serving as the regimental commander and subsequently elevated to command of the First Cavalry Brigade, Army of the Ohio, a position he held until February 1865 when he was relieved due to injuries suffered in a fall from his horse. He was brevetted Brig. Gen. on orders from the War Dept. dated March 13, 1865. Capron had a colorful history, and three of his sons also served in the Union Army, one of whom was killed in action and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The 14th Illinois Cavalry saw extensive service in Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Atlanta campaign, from March 1863 until its muster out on July 31, 1865, including action against Thompson's Legion of Whites and Cherokees in North Carolina, where Capron's son was killed.


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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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