Thank you for the reference; I will contact him soon. Unfortunately there are few sources of information regarding non-regulation state/local militia uniforms, not like there is for regulation U.S. military uniforms. Don't know why because I think in general they were much more artistic and better-looking than regulation uniforms. If I had time, money and the knowledge, I'd document all militia uniforms, but I have none of these! It would take a life time anyways. So many local militias were formed by towns and counties, and throughout the 19th century there were probably a thousand of them.
I have the same book about buttons, that's why I knew the date of the coatee. And, William Guthman from Guthman Americana said that it was a state dragoon militia coatee from the 1840-1850 period. But my info stops there. Someday if I can afford it, I'd like to donate it to the state or community from which it originated so it can be preserved for the public forever.
Thanks so much again for your response!
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