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1861 Wartime Contract Trousers

1861 Wartime Contract Trousers

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“28. For Enlisted Men, except companies of Light Artillery - dark blue cloth; sergeants with a stripe one and one-half inch wide; corporals with a stripe one-half inch wide, of worsted lace, down and over the outer seam, of the color of the facings of the respective corps.” - Uniform and Dress of the Army of the United States, 1861

These regulations were revised by a special order at the end of 1861 that returned most trousers for enlisted men to the “white and light blue mixed, commonly called sky blue” color of the 1851 regulations.

“The Secretary of War directs that the following change be made in the uniform trowsers [sic.] of regimental officers and enlisted men. The cloth to be sky blue mixture. The welt of officers and the stripes for non-commissioned officers of infantry to be of dark blue.” - General Orders No. 108, Headquarters of the Army, December 16, 1861


While the particular original that this item is based on was associated with the Army of the Potomac, other similar examples of the Model 1861 Trousers are associated with a variety of theaters throughout the war. The trousers are based on a surviving example that do not retain an inspection or contract stamp. While it is unclear as to the original maker, the style is similar to other known contract examples from JT Martin and is indicative of common Federal contract production. 


Langellier, John P. Army Blue: The Uniform of Uncle Sam’s Regulars 1848-1873. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1998.

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  • Historic Fit

The trouser sizes noted represent the natural waist measurement of the individual. Please beware these are not modern sizes and failure to utilize true natural waist measurements will result in ill fitting trousers. The tailoring fit and shapes are accurate to the historic garment, which are often different than equivalent modern clothing.

  • Production Time

All historic garments have a production time of five to six months (20-25 weeks).

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