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In antebellum Charleston, being a proper suitor to a lovely young Southern belle meant dressing the part. As a young man from a high-society landowning family, the Southern gentleman dressed appropriately in matching shirt (sold separately) and smoking jacket.
The duke and duchess, landed gentry from Sussex, are embarking on their first sightseeing tour of the United States. Dressed in nineteenth-century style that reflects their refined nobility, they elicit many second looks on the streets of Baltimore and Philadelphia.
None emerged from greater obscurity to rise to greater heights than General William Tecumseh Sherman. Under the steadying influence of Grant, Sherman was the most invincible leader Lincoln had. Double-breasted button back coat is complete with black velvet collar, dickey, shoulder patches, and cuffs. Features authentic metallic piping and braid, matching pants with stripe.
Brigadier General Ranald Mackenzie was considered by Grant “the most promising young officer in the service” and later became one of the greatest Indian fighters of the West. Double-breasted twill coat trimmed in velvet. Epaulettes accented with gold lame command the respect due a general, matched with striped Union pants.
The South needed all the trained officers it could muster to uphold the Confederacy. Grey twill coat with velvet collar and cuffs is trimmed with black braid and gold buttons and matching pants.
Lieutenant William D. Matthews, born a slave, ran a restaurant in Kansas with Susan B. Anthony’s brother. That restaurant was the head station of the Underground Railroad. After a life of helping slaves find freedom, he joined the fight officially as the first commissioned artillery officer for the Union. Velvet shoulder patches and sash, along with the stripe on his pants, identify this officer of the artillery and freedom fighter.
The patriarch of his people, he was considered the Grand Old Man of the Confederacy. Deluxe double-breasted coat with dickey accented with gold collar and cuffs. Features metallic stars and sleeve braid. Classic Confederate striped pants complete the uniform.
Captain Rhett Butler was his most dashing while entertaining the high society of Charleston. His plantation coat is constructed of fitted ivory wool that flares at the waist and is trimmed in contrasting velvet. A perfect finish to the Plantation Vest (MC55) and Pants (MC56).
Solidly Southern and anti-Yankee, the Confederate Major is determined to fight to uphold the independence of the Confederacy. Double-breasted coat features authentic cuffs, collar, and stars.
With musket in hand, the Confederate Sergeant Major prepares his men for the inevitable battle.
The last Confederate Secretary of War, General John C. Breckenridge actually improved army supply and organization in the last days of the war. His uniform featured a rugged but stylish military cape to protect against cold nights in the field.
Confederate Cavalry Captain J.E.B. Stuart, affectionately known as “Jeb,” prepares his company for an assault on the front-line position. Grey twill jacket features gold velvet epaulettes, collar, and cuffs.