Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

[Epaulet of John B. Moore]

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04196.12 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: circa 1861-1865 Pagination: 1 epaulet : brass : textile : gold ; 18.5 x 14 cm.

Shoulder epaulets from Moore's dress uniform. The letter "M" appears, possibly accompanied by a missing "S" for "medical staff," accompanied by the other epaulet in GLC04196.13. These accoutrements appear in GLC 4196.01, Moore's photograph in dress uniform.

John B. Moore was an army surgeon during the Utah War and was named Brigadier General during the Civil War. He was later named U.S. Surgeon General.

Epaulets were worn on the dress coat for all ranks from 1855 through 1871 and for Generals through 1889. "MS" signified "medical staff."

Order a CopyCitation Guidelines for Online Resources