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>Costume Studies
>>1863 Confederate cavalry
Subject: volunteer cavalry trooper / raider
Culture: Confederate / American Southerner
Setting: American Civil War, United States 1861-1865
Object: costume

* Museum of the Confederacy > Between the Battles
"Frock coat of Corporal William Renick Hodge ...
William Hodge was an 18-year-old farmer from Augusta County, 5'8" tall with brown hair and blue eyes, when he enlisted in the 'Churchville Cavalry,' Company I, 14th Virginia Cavalry.
    "He was captured in action in western Virginia in November 1862.  After a short time in Camp Chase, Ohio, Hodge was exchanged, but died en route to the prison transfer point.  A comrade in the same company who had been imprisoned with Hodge returned the coat to Hodge's family."

* Museum of the Confederacy > Between the Battles
"Cavalry  ...
Gone were the days of grand Napoleonic-style cavalry charges -- massed firepower from formed infantry armed with rifled muskets saw to that.  Increasingly, the cavalry was used for reconnaissance (scouting ahead of the army to find the enemy's location) and as mounted infantry, traveling quickly from place to place on horseback, then dismounting to fight as infantry, using a shorter version of the infantry rifle called a carbine." ...

* Museum of the Confederacy > Between the Battles
"Shirt of Luther Wright Jerrell, 9th Virginia Cavalry ...
Enlisting March 1862 at the age of 18, surviving records indicate that Jerrell was killed sometime between September 1864 and March 1865."

* Museum of the Confederacy > Between the Battles
"Slouch hat of Thomas Penn, 19th Virginia Cavalry ...
Though the kepi was called for in the uniform regulations, many soldiers preferred a soft, brimmed hat generically known as a slouch.  It proved more comfortable to wear and was much better at keeping the sun out of your eyes and the rain off your neck."

* Museum of the Confederacy > Between the Battles
"Frock coat of Captain James Compton, 1st Virginia Cavalry ...
Compton's coat closely follows the uniform regulations set down for Confederate officers.  The colored piping (faded from yellow) indicates his service in the cavalry, while the three gold bars on his collar signify his captain's rank."

* Museum of the Confederacy > Between the Battles
"Overcoat of Col. Alexander S. ('Sandie') Pendleton ...
The son of Gen. William Pendleton, 'Sandie' served on the staffs of 'Stonewall' Jackson, Richard Ewell and Jubal Early.  According to family tradition, this coat was sewn into a chair cushion during the Federal occupation of Lexington, Virginia, in 1865 and remained concealed until rediscovered in 1896.
"The buttons on the collar are for a detachable cape."

"Badger skin gauntlets of Captain Robert L.Y. Long, Phillip's Legion, Georgia Cavalry" ...

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* Philadelphia Costume Co. 
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