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Kohner & Bro. Contract Infantry Frock, Id'd 15th Maine
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This coat came out several years ago from the soldiers family through the Horsesoldier and still includes their descriptive label. The coat is identified to John D. Blake, Co. E, 15th Maine. Blake enlisted at Readfield, Maine, at age 18 on 2/24/1862. He was mustered in the same day into Co. E, and reenlisted on 2/28/64. He made corporal some time in 1863 and sergeant in 1865. He was mustered out on 7/5/65. The regiment served for the most part in the Department of the Gulf, taking part in Banks expeditions to Texas and the Red River Campaign, where it saw action at Sabine Crossroads, Pleasant Hill, Cane River Crossing, and Mansura Plains. In July, 1864, the regiment came north with the 19th Corps, part of the unit serving at Bermuda Hundred and part taking part in the pursuit of Early in the Shenandoah. At the end of the war the regiment was assigned to occupation duty in the south until it mustered out in 1866.
When the Horsesoldier had the coat, it was part of grouping that included a canteen and his brothers jacket as well along with documentation from the family. The grouping was split up and I offer the coat on its own.
The coat has minor mothing. There is one spot on the lower left breast with a small spot that seems to be a tar like substance. The collar shows some wear, but the coat is in very good condition. The left sleeve shows a Kohner & Bro. maker stamp with their contract date of Feb. 3, 1865, and inspector mark and a size 1 stamp.
Blake made corporal and then sergeant, and there is no record he was returned to the ranks, but I see no indication of chevrons. This may well be the very last dress coat issued to him and he simply did not have the opportunity to add chevrons before being mustered out.
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