Disabled 10th Vermont Infantry Veteran’s Coat, Zophar M. Mansur , Vermont Lt. Governor
This is a Federal Pattern late Indian Wars Full Dress uniform coat that belonged to a disabled 10th Vermont Veteran, that was tailored by B. Turks Bros. Burlington, Vt.
The coat is in excellent condition, and lacks the shoulder epaulette locking tabs, and the epaulettes. All of the original buttons are present. The inner collar is lined in dark blue velvet, and interestingly, a leather panel has been added to the inside of the coat at the waist, which shows some aging. I have not encountered this feature on a coat of this pattern before. The veteran having lost his right arm pinned up the sleeve under the armpit, and the remnant of two pin holes is seen on the cuff. His name is written in ink under the maker’s label on a thin piece of light brown cotton.
There is some small moth holes in areas not easily seen, and overall an excellent conditioned item.
The historical significance is important to the State of Vermont under several categories. ZOPHAR M. MANSUR, enlisted into the 10th Vermont Volunteers in August of 1862 as a corporal in Co. “K” of that regiment. He participated in the Battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Monocacy Junction and the 3rd Winchester. It was at the latter battle wear he lost his right arm, and was discharged in August of 1865.
After the war, Mansur was Post Master of Island Pond, Vermont (1867-1885), He studied law from ’70-’75 and was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1875. Mansur practiced law until 1892 then was engaged on the lumber business. He was state’s attorney of Essex Co. in 1886. He was a member of the General Assembly, serving on judiciary and military affairs. Served as a state senator from Essex Co, etc.
Was elected Lieutenant Governor from 1894-96 and later appointed Collector of Customs for the Memphremagog District by President Benjamin Harrison, serving in that position until 1906. Mansur served as a trustee of the Vermont Soldier’s Home in Brattleboro from its creation in 1884, an was active in fraternal organizations and Sons of the American Revolution, and Vermont Officer’s Reunion Society, Grand Army of the Republic, and Freemasonry.
(Bio provided by Wikipedia)
Being on the Governor’s Staff, and his association with Veteran’s organizations such as the GAR that Mansur wore this uniform coat.
A great uniform coat with a super history.