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Based on an original residing in a private collection in southern Ohio, this shirt represents just one of the three different styles of shirts issued to soldiers throughout the Civil War. Wool flannel shirts were manufactured by contractors and some arsenals throughout the war, and quartermaster records show that an incredibly high number of issue shirts purchased by government arsenals and depots were made of gray cloth. In Cincinnati alone, gray flannel shirts accounted for over 80% of all issue shirts purchased for distribution.
Our reproduction is made from a “heather” mixed gray 100% wool flannel. Each shirt is machine-sewn throughout and features an exterior breast pocket, stepped fall-down collar, faced cuffs, shoulder reinforcement straps, darkened bone or paper-back tin buttons, and hand-sewn buttonholes.