SOLD – Identified Civil War U.S. Navy Seaman’s White Linen Pants

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Identified Civil War U.S. Navy Seaman’s White Linen Pants – This rare pair of U.S. Navy, Civil War period, seaman’s pants remain in excellent condition. Constructed of a fine, white linen, the pants are predominantly hand sewn; all button holes are hand-whipped, as well. All of the buttons are made of bone; a small number are either missing or broken. The size adjuster straps, on the back, upper waist side of the pants, exhibit a brass, closure device. The pants evidence no holes and have some minor soiling, from period wear and use. On the right inside of the front of the waist, is inked the name: “H. W. Chapman”. Chapman, a 21 year old cabinetmaker from New York, joined the U.S. Navy some time in August of 1862 and became a steward and paymaster, during the war. Research shows that Chapman joined GAR Post 135 of Englewood, New Jersey, after the war and died on March 20, 1913, at the age of 72, in Englewood. Original Civil War navy textiles are rare, and this is only the second pair of enlisted navy pants we have had.

 

NAME: Henry Chapman
ENLISTMENT DATE: Aug 1862
ENLISTMENT PLACE: New York
AGE: 21
BIRTH YEAR: 1841
BIRTH PLACE: New York, New York
COMPLEXION: Light
VOLUME: 21
PAGE: 356
NARA PUBLICATION TITLE: Weekly return of enlistments at Naval Rendezvous (“Enlistment Rendezvous”), Jan. 6, 1855-Aug. 8, 1891