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Wartime Contract Shirt - 1st Michigan Light Artillery

Wartime Contract Shirt - 1st Michigan Light Artillery

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The Quartermaster Department contracted for over 11 million shirting during the course of the Civil War. The style of these shirts varied from near exact copies of the regulations, to essentially civilian shirts made from wool flannel. While a number of surviving shirts have been linked to individual contracts through the contract stamps, many others were simply not stamped or such markings have been lost to time. 

The shirt is based on one worn by Private Monroe Barnea. Private Barnea of Battery G, 1st Michigan Light Artillery wore a government issue shirt when he was wounded at Chickasaw Bayou in December 1862. It is one of only a handful of surviving all wool flannel shirted produced by the millions buy numerous contractors throughout the war. Constructed of a drab colored wool flannel, Barnea's shirt is shirt is quite similar to another surviving example worn during the Overland Campaign. 

Please note that it is unclear what the original colors of the shirts were, based on their condition. It is generally thought that they were grey or tan in color. The reproductions replicate this feature, and exact shade may vary based on availability of materials.
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  • Historic Fit

Please note that our custom garments are true reproductions. 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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