Brigadier general's body armor

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Description Body armor made by the Atwater Armor Company of New Haven, Connecticut, and worn by Brigadier General William G. LeDuc of Hastings, Minnesota, circa 1862. Steel breastplates, purported to protect against gunfire, were sold by sutlers and commercial dealers during the Civil War. The vests were of questionable effectiveness, and were heavy to wear and to carry on long marches. Many were quickly abandoned by their owners.
Quantity 2 items
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 25 1/2 inches height (A) vest
17 inches width (A) vest
6 inches depth (A) vest
Nomenclature Body armor
Creation Made by: Atwater Armor Company
Made in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Subjects Used by: LeDuc, William Gates
Made in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Used in Civil War, 1861-1865
Used in United States
Armament. Tools & Equipment. Body Armor
Military. 1861-1865 (Civil & Indian Wars). Equipment & Supplies
Dates Use: 1862 - 1865

Content: Not earlier than 1861 - Not later than 1865
(Civil War)
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 1986.106.107.A,B

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