Uniform worn by Private Edward D. Robinson (Charleston, SC) of Captain G.H. Walter’s Company (Washington Artillery), South Carolina Artillery. The unit surrendered to Federal forces at Greensboro, NC on May 1, 1865. Charleston Museum.
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne was born in Ireland, the son of a protestant physician. After serving for 3 years with the British army, he moved to Arkansas. During the American Civil War, Cleburne distinguished himself as a Confederate general leading troops at Shiloh, Perryville, Chickamauga, Atlanta and finally Franklin where he and 6 other Confederate generals were killed or mortally wounded. Cleburne also supported arming slaves to fight for the South, though the idea never took off.
Sumter Guards uniform coat, c. 1865 worn by D. Huger Bacot (Charleston, 1847-1920), who entered into Confederate service as a Citadel cadet. After the war, Bacot remained in the Sumter Guards, becoming its captain until April 1, 1876. The light blue facings indicate infantry.
Most people believe that Abe Lincoln sported a beard for the majority of his life, but in actuality he spent most of his life without facial hair. He only began growing his whiskers in 1860, during his run for president.
1861-65 - Two Union soldiers with cigars in mouths in front of American flag.The Union's uniforms were of much better quality because almost all textile industry was located in the North. They were wool and dyed dark blue until 1962, where lighter blue trousers were added. The uniform was completed with a kepi hat which had a brass letter depicting their regiment or company.