Uniform coat worn by Sidney Sherman
A San Jacinto veteran's Texas Revolution era uniform
This military uniform coat belonged to Colonel Sidney Sherman, a veteran of the Texas Revolution. Sherman's coat was not part of an official Texian Army uniform — there were no uniforms. Soldiers wore what they already owned.
Sherman's coat is made from lightweight blue wool lined with white silk and features a black velvet collar and epaulets. There are two rows of five brass buttons on each side, each with an engraved federal eagle surrounded by stars.
Sidney Sherman (1805–1873) was a Kentucky merchant who recruited 52 volunteers from Newport, Kentucky to help Texan troops during the Revolution. The group arrived in Texas in February 1836, and Sherman was named Colonel of the Second Regiment of Texas volunteers. Colonel Sherman lead the left wing of the Texan Army at San Jacinto, the battle in which the Texans caught Santa Anna's Mexican forces in a surprise attack. The battle lasted only 18 minutes, ending in victory for the Texans. Sherman is credited with creating the famous battle cry, "Remember the Alamo."
Following the war, Sherman was involved in Texas politics, the military, and the early railroad industry.
Courtesy San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte
Clothing and Accessories
Time Period: 1835 - 1844
This artifact is currently on view.