Re: Pleated Frock Coats
There is an image of Syndey Sherman's son, who fought in the defense of Galveston, wearing such a garment in the San Jacinto Museum of History. I do believe he was in the enlisted ranks when he served. Galveston fell in the fall of 1862, so this would qualify for early War to early mid-War.
Can't some of our good friends send us some tobacco? We intend to "hang up our stockings." if they can't send tobacco, please send us the seed, and we will commence preparing the ground; for we mean to defend this place till h-ll freezes over, and then fight the Yankees on the ice.
Private Co. A, Cook's Reg't, Galveston Island.