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Enlisted Cavalry Shell Jacket Attributed to Pvt. Charles L. Morton, 4th Michigan Cavalry

Typical navy blue wool cavalry shell jacket with edges trimmed in yellow.  Single-breasted coat is the twelve-button depot variant lined in a correct white muslin material. A period identification stenciled vertically on the lining reads: "Chas. Morton." No inspector's markings inside sleeve. Serviceable cuffs.  Rear of coat is trimmed with yellow piping.

This enlisted shell jacket is offered as an attribution to Michigan cavalryman Charles L. Morton without supporting provenance or written documentation attesting to the Michigan origin. In fact, HDS shows five other privates named “Charles Morton” who served in various cavalry regiments during the war. Pvt. Charles L. Morton, Co. I, 4th Michigan Cavalry enlisted on August 11, 1862 and was discharged six months later for disability on February 27, 1863 at Bowling Green. The uniform was acquired by the consignor in 2004 with the Michigan identification. The 4th Michigan Cavalry is best known as the unit that captured the fleeing Jefferson Davis at the end of the war, albeit long after Morton had been discharged.

The other enlisted troopers so-named were: Charles Morton, Co. H., 12th NY Cavalry (e. 4/15/63, deserted 9/21/63); Charles A. Morton, Co. I, 4th Arkansas Cavalry (e. 5/12/64, ultimate disposition unknown); Charles C. Morton, Co. E, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry (e. 9/9/61, discharged 12/30/62); Charles F. Morton, Co. M, 2nd NY Vet. Cavalry (e. 9/25/63, died 11/18/64); Charles S. Morton, Co. K, 9th NY Cavalry (e. 9/3/64, m/o 6/1/65).

Provenance:D. Taylor to Consignor 2004

Condition:Four replaced buttons with one button missing.  Some moth damage underneath the right arm pit.  Hole on right elbow.  Moth damage on right front with fraying of some edges of yellow trim.

Estimate: $2,500 - $4,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,995
05/01/2014

 

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