Regiment was issued green Martin & Bros. frock coats at
The 1st Regiment initially marches to war in
blue blouses, green M&B coats, sky blue pants, green caps, gray hats and gray
overcoats. The grey overcoats are soon exchanged for skyblue cavalry or
infantry "great coats" as they were being shot at by rebel and union troops.
The grey overcoats are soon exchanged for skyblue cavalry or infantry "great coats" as they were being shot at by rebel and union troops.
Company records, letters and journals made many references to turning in the green "dress coats" for blue blouses as early the end of February and as late as June depending on location and time frame. They apparently did not wear green frock coats often during the summer campaign months.
Berdan cloth contract: Contract with Pilling & Co. mills for the government-made USSS coats. This contract was fulfilled in the first quarter of 1862. The contract filled, declared the cloth to be "11 ounce fast-dyed green kersey," meaning eleven ounces per linear yard, diagonal weave cloth of a color dyed-in-the-wool to dark green (that means the yarn was dyed first and then woven).
Trim for these coats was medium emerald green as the trim was on the originals before fading
Original Berdan Green Frock coat in NPS Museum at Gettysburg