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Union Infantry Uniform
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Union Infantry Uniform

Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 29" H x 20" W x 24" D

Physical Description

Dark blue wool fatigue jacket with a roll down collar, four buttons. Light blue Kersey cloth trousers. Dark blue wool forage cap. Shoulder belt with cartridge box and waist belt with percussion cap box and bayonet. Canteen.

General History

At the start of the Civil War enlisted men in the U.S. Army were issued two coats. One was a frock coat which had a standing collar, reached almost to the knees and was closed in the front with nine brass eagle buttons. The frock coat was a dress coat and was piped with the branch-of-service color around the cuffs and collar. The other coat was the fatigue coat. This coat was worn when performing regular duties. According to the 1861 regulations the trousers were to be dark blue just as the coats. This was changed to sky blue on 16 December 1861 and lasted to the end of the war. As with the coats, two hats were issued, a formal black dress hat and the other was the forage cap.


Country: United States
War: Civil War
Service: Army
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