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    The Civil War Regulation Brigadier General's Frock Coat, Displaying the Rank of Major General on the 1½" High Velvet Stand Up Collar, of Maj. Gen. George Lafayette Beal. Uniform is accompanied by a letter of provenance from noted Civil War uniform authority Les Jensen, along with the cased epaulettes. Beal was commissioned into the 1st Maine Inf. April 20, 1861 and, upon expiration of his term of service was commissioned colonel of the 10th Maine, serving with that regt. until May 7, 1863, during which time he led the regiment at Cedar Mts. and Antietam, where he was severely wounded. He assumed command of the 29th Maine on December 17, 1863, and, as a result of his distinguished service at Sabine Cross Roads April 8, 1864, was commissioned brigadier general of Volunteers, November 30, 1864, doubtless when he acquired this coat. He was promoted to Maj. Gen. March 13, 1865, and mustered out of service January 15, 1866.

    The coat conforms to the Civil War regulations for a brigadier general. Double breasted with eight buttons spaced in groups of two. Velvet collar with ¾" Maj. Gen.'s bullion stars, velvet cuffs and classic "balloon" sleeves. The high square ended collar is typical being typical of the Civil War period. Patterned black silk body lining with lightly padded breast. The breast and tail pockets lined with brown polished cotton. White silk sleeve lining. Attached at the base of the collar is a silver embroidered label for "B. F. Haley/ Military Tailor/ Newmarket, N. H.". Haley is listed in city directories as a tailor in Newmarket as early as 1857. All buttons, both coat and cuff, are Maine state seals with period Scovill backmarks. The coat clearly shows use with obvious wear evident in the sleeve linings. The coat exhibits extensive moth tracking on the knap but only some small scattered holes. Overall very good untouched condition.

    The brigadier general's gold bullion epaulettes are lined on the under sides with red Moroccan leather and velvet. The brass attachment rails marked right and left. Eagle I buttons, gilded brass crescents, heavy 7/16" bullion fringe and 1 3/8" silver bullion stars attached with straight pins. Epaulettes near perfect, storage container very good. A rare example of a Civil War brigadier general's regulation frock coat with nice ID.


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