Civil War vest with rare buttons from the Newark “City Battalion,” a militia unit that became part of the 2nd New Jersey Infantry. The vest was worn by Ira C. Munn, who enlisted in May 1861 as a private in the 2nd New Jersey and was mustered out in June 1864. He saw action with the regiment at The Seven Days, Second Manassas, South Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Winchester, and Petersburg. The vest is faced with buff colored wool with removable City Battalion buttons and three front pockets. The back of the vest is linen with an adjustment strap and buckle. The vest comes with the original cardboard clothing box it was found in, addressed to Ira C. Munn’s son W.F. Munn. An example of a Newark City Battalion shako can be seen on page 13 of Gone for a Soldier: Jerseyman in the Civil War. A unique ID’d Civil War soldier’s vest.
Ira C. Munn - Enlisted on 5/27/1861 as a Private. On 5/27/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. NJ 2nd Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 6/21/1864 at Newark, NJ.
Inventory Number: UNI 116