- Item 110410 - Dr. Donnell's receipt for privately purchased uniform, Cambridge, 1862
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- Item 110410
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Dr. Jotham Donnell (1818-1884) of Houlton, surgeon for the 15th Maine Regiment, privately purchased aspects of his Civil War uniform from Patten & Austin of Boston on February 4, 1862. Privately purchasing uniform components was a wide spread practice, especially among officers.Show Details
Patten & Austin's bill head lists "Military clothing and equipment; canes, umbrellas, and Men's furnishing hoods; constantly for sale." Additionally, it lists "Military uniforms made to order in the best style." On this occasion, Dr. Donnell specifically purchased a "Fatigue Suit" (military uniform), a cap cover and cape; wreath and number; one pair of shoulder straps; and a military overcoat, for a total of $72.25.
Dr. Donnell's frock coat is housed at Maine Historical Society, but its unclear if this is the same uniform he purchased from Patten & Austin.