Military dating system
Because these jackets were produced over a considerable period of time, and because they were made from materials available at different times, variations in the coat material and the number of buttons have been noted.
Unfortunately without a solid history, it is believed to be a part of this group based upon the overall pattern, the button count, the shoulder straps, belt loops and lining and the fact that this kersey material saw extensive use in the Army of Northern Virginia late in the war (FIG 16). Ramsey joined the 17th Virginia in November, 1863 and served until the end of the war.
The trim on Powell's shoulder straps is tape placed on the surface of the strap, as is the collar, but the cuffs may be piped.