The bloodied coat of Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin of Johnston County, worn when he was mortally wounded in battle in Virginia Oct. 15, 1863, During a live webcast September 10 from the N.C. Museum of History, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at a working textile conservation lab and see some of techniques Myers uses to conserve Civil War uniforms. An Internet connection is all that is required to participate. To register, simply fill out the form at http://www.ncdcr.gov/CivilWarTextiles.
This cadet gray Richmond Depot jacket, picked up at the Battle of the Wilderness by a soldier in the 5th Maine Infantry is typical of a late war variant with shoulder straps and Confederate-issue wooden buttons. By the time the Richmond Depot made this jacket, it had standardized with a nine-button front, two-piece sleeves, six-piece body, and, generally made of imported, cadet gray kersey. Artifact and image courtesy of the Fifth Maine Museum, Peak's Island, Maine.
Confederate Infantry Officer's Frock Coat. Grey wool double breasted coat with blue collar and cuff facings for Infantry. Three gold bullion bars on each side of collar and two rows of gold bullion braid on each sleeve indicate rank of Captain. Classic example of a regulation CSA Infantry Captain frock coat.