This enlisted man of Coast Artillery had prior service in war in the Infantry.
The 1885 dress coat listed here was worn by an enlisted man in the 120th Company of the Coast Artillery, and is so noted by the period ink inscription written in the shoulder lining. The number “97” appears below that either meaning this soldier’s equipment number, or the date he entered the identification; I think the former.
Fully piped in scarlet, this coat has half chevrons applied above the cuff indicating prior service in war with the infantry, and that probably during the Spanish American War, since the Coast Artillery Corps was not established until 1902. This coat may have had service beyond 1902, as the artillery and ordnance branches of the army did not receive the new 1902 dress uniforms fully until 1906. This configuration of half bullion service in war stripe on this ’85 coat can correctly be used in a late Indian Wars display.
The lining is also stamped “Liedike Bros” who are know contractors of clothing to the State of Pennsylvania. I have no information if the U.S. Quartermaster purchased these directly of if it was a private sale to this individual. The identification is 100% real, and the 120th Co. CAC was stationed at Fort Strong, Massachusetts. This fort, which began construction in 1893-1906 was part of the Boston Harbor defenses located on Long Island, Mass.
The buttons are all original to the coat. Condition is fine + in and out. A super coat.
A small size.
USPS Priority $14.00