This frock coat is from the Union Army of the United States Army. It was worn by Colonel Charles H. Town during the Civil War in 1861 to 1865. Colonel Town was 1st Michigan Cavalry.
This frock coat is made of navy blue wool and is double breasted with seven buttons down each side which represents the ranking of Major, Lieutenant Colonel, or Colonel.
1861 – 1865
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Gift Of Ganson W. Taggart
Thank God for Michigan: Stories from the Civil War
(June 6 2011 – March 29 2015)Thank God for Michigan was an exhibition developed by the GRPM to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The exhibit featured over 150 artifacts from the GRPM's collection and told the story of the Civil War through the lens of soldiers and civilians from Michigan.
Ganson W.TaggartUnited States ArmyThe United States Army is a service branch of the United States Armed Forces that specializes in ground-based offensive and defensive warfare. The mission of the United States Army is to fight and win our Nation's wars, by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders.The United States Army we know today has roots that can be traced back to the Continental Army which was formed in 1775 during the American Revolutionary War. After the War, The Congress of the Confederation officially created the United States Army in 1784 to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The United States Army is the largest military branch of the armed forces in which participates in disputes worldwide today through preserving peace and security and providing for the defense of the United States.Charles H. TownCharles H. Town served as a Colonel during the Civil War in 1861 to 1865. Union ArmyThe Union Army was a section of the United States Army that fought during the Civil War to preserve the Union of the collective states. It was made up of members of the United States Army and also units of volunteers and those drafted for service. Throughout the war, over 2 million men enlisted in the Union Army and roughly a quarter of them were killed, wounded, or went missing. In 1865, the Union Army won the Civil War when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant.