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Confederate Captain's Frock Coat of A.B. Mulligan of the 5th South Carolina Cavalry
Item #: A2412
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Here is an amazing piece of Confederate history! This is the original Confederate officer’s frock coat that was worn by Captain A. B. Mulligan of the 5th South Carolina Cavalry. I recently acquired it directly from the family where it has been since the War. This is a superb example of a Confederate made double breasted frock coat. It has the 1-3/4ths inch high collar. On the collar it has the three golden bands that denote the rank of captain. Down the front of the coat it has the classic South Carolina State Seal buttons. It still retains 12 of the original 14 buttons. Since this coat would have been made during the War and they couldn’t just order new buttons, they used slightly pre-Civil War buttons from the Scovill and Horstmann makers. The family replaced the 2 missing buttons using Veteran time frame South Carolina seals. They could be easily replaced but I thought it was cool how the family used what they had just as the maker’s did when the coat was originally produced. When you open up the coat, you are greeted with a beautiful brown and cream tone lining. Appropriate to have a plaid lining on an Irishman’s coat. Inside one of the coat pockets you see the small paper label with Mulligan’s name. On the back of the coat it has the correct design with the pckets in the tails. The buttons on the back are four more of the veteran timeframe South Carolina state seal. As you can see, the coat has a gorgeous untouched look with just enough wear to let us know this coat was actually worn. It displays stunningly from all angles. As for the history of Captain Alfred Birmingham Mulligan. He was born in Prince William’s Parish, South Carolina on October 3rd 1825. Before the Civil War he supported his family as a clerk in retail. When the Civil War broke out he became Captain of the 5th South Carolina Cavalry. He paid to supply his company for Confederate service. They served along the Carolina Coat until July 1863 when he was sent to Eastern North Carolina and served until 1864. Then he was sent to Virginia where the regiment served at the battles around Petersburg. On October 27th 1864, he was severely wounded in the hand during the Battle of Burgess. Mill which was about 6 miles South of Petersburg. He went home until the end of the war to recover. The original telegram that he sent his mother telling her that he was headed home accompanies the uniform. After the Civil War, he entered into the Cotton business. He stayed in the Palmetto state until he passed away. There are many other wonderful things that came along with the coat and whoever buys the coat gets first shot at the other items.

Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
$39,750.00 USD

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