CIVIL WAR COAT UPDATE FROM CHARLES AND GEORGE KING
Charles and George King write:
Hi Civil War coat peeps
Today we piled into the car and drove to Museum Textile Services to meet Camille and see the coat. The mood was exciting because we’ve never actually seen it! The last time we wrote was almost a month ago to the day—you can read that Cape Ann Beacon update below our sign off. A business on Main Street asked us to stop by because of that article which we’ll update next.
The coat is looking pretty good! It needs finishing touches but the conservator has done an excellent job. A lot of her work will be invisible but will keep it safe. We saw some cool things close up like the form, conservator sculpting tools, original patches and buttons. We inspected the back and saw some threads that give evidence that buttons were once there. She told us originally the coat fabric was a linsey-woolsey which means a linen and wool mix. Anyway we had a great time—see some photos here https://goo.gl/photos/K9ywkvRXLEMUFrFa7. The stand in the photo is not the final stand, but it is the same color/wood.
The newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening September 24th. Black veterans of the Civil War had the idea for a museum in 1915. We wrote them last year and will be excited to see what the museum thinks about Gloucester’s Bacheler Civil War coat.
Charles and George
Posted on August 15, 2016 by Charge King
Reporter Alyse Diamantides met us on July 12 at the Gloucester High School. She was interested in writing an article about the coat for the Cape Ann Beacon. She was in Gloucester and next she was going to write about Pastaio. We talked about the poll (Sorry the poll expired. We didn’t realize it would only last three days. Please still e-mail any vote you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.) Alyse wrote a fantastic article about the coat display possibilities. Alyse sent us a link. The paper came out last Friday August 12 and you can pick it up around town. http://gloucester.wickedlocal.com/news/20160812/gloucester-twins-work-to-restore-civil-war-coat. We will continue to raise money here after we all make a decision on the display.