Original 19th Century New Jersey National Guard Officer Frock Coat
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Original Item: Only One Available. New Jersey National Guard Officer’s Dress Coat, doing from the late nineteenth century, blue wool with black collar and braid. Features three rows of nine New Jersey State Seal buttons with HORSTMANN, PHILLADELPHIA backmarks, four identical buttons on back (one missing), and three smaller buttons on each cuff. Shoulder Straps have blue felt bases and bullion embroidered Major insignias. Fantastic named WM H. HORSTMANN COMPANY label inside internal packet.
Collar to shoulder: 9”
Shoulder to sleeve: 24”
Shoulder to shoulder: 17”
Chest width: 18”
Waist width: 18”
Hip width: 25”
Front length: 37″
The New Jersey National Guard, 1869 to 1900
In April 1869, New Jersey Adjutant General William Scudder Stryker presided over the overhaul of the Militia and the New Jersey Rifle Corps and their consolidation into the New Jersey National Guard. The new Fourth regiment of the National Guard, for example, resulted from merging a number of companies of the Fourth Regiment, New Jersey Rifle Corps and the Second Regiment, Hudson Brigade, New Jersey militia.
The post-Civil War New Jersey National Guard was a significant improvement over the state’s “shreds and patches” 1860 militia. There were Civil War veterans at all levels of command, organized units on…