Thursday, September 20

When Addie comes marching home (again)

Thimbles and Acorns
I am so excited!

My Bestest Fan (other than blood family!) is making me my very own Grand Army of the Republic Uniform based upon this Thimbles and Acorns pattern!
During the Civil War it was not uncommon for boys as young as 12 years of age to enlist as drummer boys. Though they weren't technically soldiers, they were still close to the battle lines and often took up arms when battles became heated. This uniform is patterned after the standard pants and sack coat issued to enlisted men and is the same style worn by Johnny Clem, who at 9 years of age became the youngest soldier of the Civil War... actually, of any American war.  

This pattern has been carefully researched with close attention to detailing. The pants have a fly front with a small working silver button and two front pockets. The jacket features a unique pocket in the front that is accessed through the front placket. The jacket is fully lined ... just like the original.

Of course we are modifying it so I can wear bloomers instead of pants, just like Mary Edwards Walker did.

Walker was an 19th century American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war and surgeon. She is the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor.

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