Museum Grade US Unlined Fatigue Blouse, issued thru the New York Depot, by Bristol Hollow. This sack coat is unlined, hand sewn with red thread, light-weight federal blue wool, with inner sleeves lined in bleached muslin.
Fatigue blouses were issued to soldiers in the millions and were the favored garment for US troops in all theaters throughout the war. Originally intended to be worn during fatigue details only, the blouse quickly proved its usefulness as a garment that was much better-suited to active duty, lighter weight, and less costly than the dress coat. Though not as stylish as the dress coat, or even the rebel’s short jacket, the simple four button sack coat won a place in the hearts of the grateful federal soldiers who wore them.