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Caption Butternut Confederate Soldier Jacket
Object Name Jacket
Object ID IL2011.7.3
Description Civil War butternut shell jacket of tan colored cloth with black cloth epaulets and collar. The jacket has with nine brass flat-topped buttons down the front, and a brass button on each epaulet (beside the collar).
A shell jacket is a hip length military jacket first created in Austria and adopted by the Confederate States of America in 1861. The cloth was dyed with the husks from the nuts of the butternut (a white walnut or Juglans cinerea, a relative of the black walnut.)

Jacket was worn by a veteran of the 18th Georgia Regiment of Army of Northern Virginia.
Year Range from 1861
Year Range to 1865
Dimensions W-16 L-24 inches
Search Terms Civil War
Clothing
Subjects Clothing & dress
Civil War
Condition Good