This handmade coat was worn by Springfield native Thomas D. Vredenburgh, a 1st lieutenant in the 10th Illinois U.S. Cavalry, Company I. A Confederate woman took pity on him and let him have it when he was in a Shreveport jail in 1863 following his capture near Vicksburg. He then wore it throughout his 13-month stay at Camp Ford prison in Tyler, Texas.
Probably made in Georgia in 1862, the jacket consists of wool jean, an Osnaburg cotton lining, eight wooden buttons, and an inside-left breast pocket, in a style known as Richmond Depot. The wrap (vertical) is tan; the weft (across) is gray.