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In the fall of 1863, Captain Thomas D. Vredenburgh, an officer with the 10th Illinois Cavalry, was captured in Arkansas shortly after participating in the capture of Little Rock. Taken first to a jail in Louisiana, Captain Vredenburgh was given the Confederate jacket by a kindly woman in Shreveport who likely saw that he had no protection against the approaching cold. Captain Vredenburgh wore the jacket for the duration of his 13-month internment in a Texas prisoner of war camp, and after being released wore it home to Springfield, Illinois.

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