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Union Frock Coat Identified - 59th Illinois Infantry
Item #: FDR14-165
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Here is a remarkable grouping for any civil war collector, especially Illinois. A exceptional infantry frock coat in overall great condition. This fine navy blue wool nine-button single-breasted frock coat was worn by 1st Lieut. Samuel F. Patton, of Co. A. 59th Illinois. The uniform, which is made of a great blue finished wool displays wonderfully, with still great color. There are very few moth holes noted and the velvet collar shows some wear which is good. As you can see it has a nice quilted green lining as should be seen on this type of coat. The all buttons are present and are the large eagle infantry I buttons as are the three cuff buttons on each cuff - these are marked Extra Quality. The skirt measures 20.5 inches and the bell shaped elbows measure 9 inches wide.

Please note - this coat was originally sold with 2nd Lt bars on the coat - Lt Samuel Patton was a 1st Lt and his original 1st Lieutenant straps were sold with the coat. I took off the 2nd Lt straps and replaced them with the - Correct - Original straps that were on the coat. They match the coat perfectly as well as fit right onto the area.

His infantry officers sword which is in relic condition also comes with the coat. As you can see in the pics, this M1850 Officers sword by Clauberg shows surface rust on both the sword and scabbard. You can still see the US on one side and the other still has remnants of the eagle. The handle presents as if though something hard hit it - the leather wrap and wire are all gone. The guard is in great condition, showing the US in the guard. Some cleaning may reveal more detail on the sword. The metal scabbard also has some surface rust and as you can see is missing the drag.

This coat also comes with Samuel Patton's GAR cane which does have some damage on the white metal handle as if it was pushed downward. It has a wonderful motif and on the front has GAR. Samual was a member of GAR Post #239 (G.W. Trafton) in Knoxville and served as County Sheriffin 1871-72.

Finally a hand written letter from the descendants giving some history of the coat and Lt. Patton. Samuel F. Patton (1839-1893) was from Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois where he joined Company A, 59th IL. as a private on July 17, 1861. Samuel served in the same company and regiment for the duration and took a commission as first lieutenant on October 10, 1864. He mustered out in Texas as a veteran on December 8, 1865. The 59th Ill. was commanded by Philip Sidney Post, CMOH and earned a reputation for hard fighting in the western theater during the war. Serving primarily with the 4th Corps the regiment's battle honors include Pea Ridge, Corinth, Stone's River, Chattanooga, the Atlanta Campaign, and Nashville, altogether 109 battle casualties during its term of service.


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