Frock Coat of Col. James George 2nd Minnesota Infantry
Col. James George, 2nd Minn. Infantry
The Second Minnesota at Missionary Ridge
Frock Coat of Col. James George 2nd Minnesota Infantry – This fine Federal regulation officer’s, double-breasted frock coat was worn, during the Civil War, by Col. James George of the 2nd Minnesota Infantry. The Second Minnesota Infantry served in the Army of the Ohio and Army of the Cumberland and participated in battles throughout the South including Mill Springs (January 1862), Corinth (October 1862), and Missionary Ridge (November 1863). The regiment also served in Gen. William T. Sherman’s campaigns in Atlanta (May – September 1864) and the Carolinas (January – March 1865).
This frock coat is a superior example of a fine, period coat, displaying all of the inherent characteristics that typify a Civil War period, Union officer’s frock coat: un-hemmed coat skirts; tail pockets, lined with brown, polished cotton; wide, ballooned elbows; hand-whipped button holes; padded and quilted interior chest area lining; fine quality, Eagle I buttons; dark green, polished cotton or satinette skirt lining; skirt and body lengths approximately the same; combination of very fine, hand-stitching and treadle machine, chain stitching; white linen sleeve linings. In addition, Col. George’s name is very clearly inked in the middle of the interior back of the chest section of the coat. This coat was discovered, a number of years ago, in a Minneapolis costume company, affirmed by the company stamping on the inside of one of the upper sleeve areas. Although the coat is in overall wonderful condition, with great color and little fading, there are some slight areas of moth tracking. The costume company apparently removed the rank straps, although one can readily see where they were once affixed. The interior lining is somewhat unique, as it is a high quality, white linen, heavily quilted. This coat is a great coat; Id’d double-breasted officer frock coats are becoming most difficult to obtain; this coat was worn by a gallant officer, who was a commander in a veteran unit, that saw much action throughout the war. We also have two, period, military documents, signed by Col. George, that will accompany this coat. The new owner of the coat will be provided a notebook containing the results of our in depth research about Col. George. The extant image of James George, shown here on our site, may show the Colonel wearing this very frock coat.
Col. George enlisted in 1861 and was discharged in 1864. His record is as follows:
|Residence Wabashaw County MN; 42 years old. Enlisted on 7/23/1861 at Wabasha County, MN as a Lieut Colonel. On 7/23/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff MN 2nd Infantry He Resigned & Disch disability on 6/29/1864 (Resigned owing to sickness) Promotions: * Colonel 5/15/1862
2nd MN Infantry