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Is this a Civil War uniform?

12/10/2013 • Ask Mr. History, Gear

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I scanned this negative from my a box of things that belonged to my grandmother. She was born in 1886 and I have many old negs, tintypes and prints. Is this a uniform from the Civil War?

Blanche Dillon

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Dear Ms Dillon,

That is definitely not from the Civil War period. It looks more like a U.S. Army uniform from the late 19th century, or a dress uniform from the early 1900s, though field uniforms by 1900 had transitioned from blue to khaki.

Sincerely,

 

Jon Guttman
Research Director
World History Group
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