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A military hat called a "Chapeau-bras"-- French for a folding hat that can be carried under the arm-- which was worn by New York State Militia officer Jacob DeForest when he was the inspector of the Militia's 11th Brigade before the Civil War. He later went on to serve as a Colonel in the 81st New York Volunteer Infantry, a regiment from Oswego, during the Civil War. This is typical of pre-Civil War militia uniforms.


This item is an 1840s Shako -- a tall cylindrical military cap with a visor worn by armies between 1800 and 1860-- that was issued to a member of the 27th New York State Militia Artillery.
This unit later became the famous 7th New York State Militia whose history and honors are carried today by the 53rd Army Liaison Team of the New York Army National Guard.

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The 7th Regiment is notable because it gave the country the name National Guard to use for our state militias.

In 1825, General Lafayette was touring the United States, and the 27th was one of a number of militia regiments which turned out to honor the Revolutionary War Hero. During the French Revolution Lafayette had commanded a citizen militia known as the Guard Nationale. To honor him the regiment renamed itself the "National Guard" that day. Lafayette noticed and left his carriage to inspect the troops. The name caught on and in 1862 the New York State Militia was renamed the New York National Guard.

This is a "dragoon helmet" worn in the 1850s by the 8th New York State Militia, a unit based in New York City nicknamed the "Washington Grays" because as a cavalry unit the regiment's ancestors guarded George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

The lineage of that unit is carried today by the 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery of the New York National Guard. A dragoon was a Soldier who rode a horse and carried a rifle into battle. Dragoons were expected to dismount to fight, while traditional cavalry were expected to fight on horseback.

This is a New York State issued Civil War fatigue jacket worn by Henry Adsit, a member of the 44th New York Volunteer Infantry.
The unit was known as the "Ellsworth Avengers". Col. Elmer Ellsworth was a Union Army officer from Mechanicville, New York who was a friend of Abraham Lincoln's. Colonel Ellsworth was killed by a Virginia hotel owner after he hauled down a Confederate Flag that was flying from a building in Alexandria, Virginia. The Ellsworth Avengers were recruited in Albany by an associated formed to keep Ellsworth's name alive.

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The fatigue jacket was purchased by New York State early in the Civil War to equip its soldiers. At the beginning of the warstates were responsible for arming and equipping the soldiers they recruited. The early war uniforms were not standardized. This fatigue jacket is unusual because of the single pocket in front.

Frock Coat, c. 1861-62

This officer's frock coat belonged to Waters Whipple Braman (1840-1893) who enlisted with the 93rd New York Volunteer Infantry in Troy and served with that regiment throughout the war. After the war he served in the New York State Assembly (1874-1875, 1879) and as a State Senator (1880-1881).

This is a New York State issued cartridge box, purchased for New York Soldiers in the Civil War by the state. A federal issued cartridge box would have a "US" plate and not an "SNY" plate as this one does.

Soldiers carried 40 rounds of ammunition in each cartridge box. A cartridge consisted of a charge of gunpowder with a bullet-shaped "Minie Ball" (named for French Capt. Minie who designed it) wrapped in paper. The soldier bit of the end of the cartridge and poured the gunpowder into his muzzle-loading rifle. Then wadded up the paper and shoved it into the barrel and put the Minie Ball on top. Then he rammed the whole thing into his rifle. A trained soldier could repeat this maneuver up to three times a minute.

This is a World War I officer coat and "Sam Browne Belt" worn by Capt. Rutherford Ireland who was a member of the 106th Infantry Regiment of the 27th Division. The 27th Division was a New York National Guard unit which fought in Belgium under British control as part of the II Corps during World War I. The coat displaces the distinctive Orion Patch of the division. The patch features the constellation of Orion, a reference to Major General John F. O'Ryan, the first division commander. The stars are connected by lines which make the letters N Y D for New York Division.
Officers wore the Sam Browne belt, designed by British Capt. Sam Browne, who lost an arm in Indian, to help him hold his sword in the right place. The Sam Browne belt was worn by American officers during World War I and up to World War II to indicate their rank.


This is an "Ike Jacket" which was worn by Sgt. Ernest A. Bruderhausen, a New York City resident, during World War II.
Bruderhausen was assigned to the 71st Infantry Regiment, a New York National Guard unit which served in Europe with the 44th Infantry Division. Sergeant Bruderhausen was the son of German immigrants who spoke fluent German and became a translator for his regiment.

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The "Ike jacket" was worn by American soldiers assigned to Europe during World War II as a dress uniform item and was later worn throughout the Army until after the Korean War. It got its name because General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the commander of all Allied Forces in Europe, liked it and wore one. His nickname was Ike. The coat was based on a British-issued jacket which Eisenhower thought was better than the American-supplied uniform coat.


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