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Nine Button Civil War Infantry Enlisted Frock Coat Identifed to Pvt. Thos. Kinsley, 45th Mass.

This uniform is the classic and difficult-to-find example of the 1861 regulation pattern Civil War infantry blue wool frock coat complete with sky blue piping on collar and cuffs. Made by an unknown government contractor, the coat is single-breasted with nine staff buttons, presumably a later GAR addition.  Cuffs are serviceable. Inside of coat on left shoulder is a white cloth tab sewn and marked in ink: "T. Kinsley, Co. A., 45 Regt Mass Volunteer."  Dark olive lining with wide quilted pattern in chest and shoulders. Inside piped breast pocket on each side.  Sleeves are lined in white. Skirt is 19" and elbow is bell-shaped and 9" in width.  Coat has two GAR medals named to Kinsley.  Back center vent with 2 buttons at top of vent.

Thomas Kinsley (1843-1916) was a resident of Boston when he enlisted as a Pvt. in Co. A. 45th Mass. on Sept. 15, 1862.  The 45th was a nine-month militia regiment organized at Camp Meigs.  The regiment was sent to the Dept. of North Carolina where it was assigned to Amory's Brigade in Foster's Division for the duration of its service. In December 1862 the regiment participated in several scouts and the expedition to Goldsboro, seeing its first taste of combat at Kinston on December 14th, loosing 15 killed and 43 wounded.  On December 16th the 45th fought at Whitehall suffering another 20 battle casualties.  In January the regiment undertook an reconnaissance to Trenton and then returned to New Bern where it acted as city provost guard through the spring.

The 45th undertook another expedition to Goldsboro in April 1863 and successfully charged and captured a Confederate earthwork on the Dover Road.  Thereafter, the regiment encamped at Fort Spinola before heading home in June and mustering out at Readville on July 7, 1863.  Thomas Kinsley was a member of GAR Post #68 (Benjamin Stone, Jr.) in Dorchester after the war.  He survived until 1916, recounting many a Remembrance Day, his treasured uniform maintained in near pristine condition during all those years.

Provenance:D. Taylor to Consignor 2003

Condition:No open seams but has 1 button missing.  No major mothing.  Overall condition is excellent.

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$7,638
05/01/2014

 

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