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War of 1812 Exhibit and Uniform
« on: September 19, 2018, 08:42:54 AM »
One more exhibit that is in the NCO Museum. This exhibit focuses on the War of 1812. The accouterments identifying NCO's on the battlefield and responsibilities of NCO's dramatically increased in this war. The responsibility of carrying the "Ensign" or Colors into battle was relinquished by Officers and was given to NCO's. In order to be a color bearer you had to be an NCO of high standards and morals. The success or defeat of a unit on the battlefield in large part was due to the color bearers. Visual recognition and communication on the battlefield was conducted through the unit flags. Units would maneuver, reconsolidate and reorganize by locating their flags on the battlefield. NCO's of the time were the glue that held these linear formations together. This was a huge responsibility for NCO's. The mannequin by the fence post is an NCO, identified by the shoulder epaulettes and for easier identification on the battlefield the red sash was also added to the NCO uniform. The mural in the background shows the entire front rank wearing the red sash. This is indicative of the NCOs' position on the battlefield "Leading From the Front" which is what NCO's have done and continue to do today.

The uniform in the glass case to the right of the exhibit is an original 1812 uniform that was placed on exhibit from our uniform collection. Special consideration for the lighting was taken into consideration when we decided to deploy this uniform. The fluorescent lights around the area were removed and replaced with LED lighting on track bars. This change in lighting will help to better preserve this uniform from the dangers of constant light exposure. We will remove this uniform in about 3 more months in order to let it recoup, and we will place another period uniform in another exhibit. Another way of exhibiting an artifact while protecting it from hands and elements. Since we have the angled "horse stable" open exhibits, we were trying to think of ways of exhibiting the original uniform. Since the original is 200 years old we can't place it on a mannequin without doing long term damage. For example the strain of the uniform hanging on the body form would put stress in the shoulders and weaken threading causing separation at the seams. It is our job to ensure that we are preserving the artifacts and conserving them for future generations, so a lot of thought and consideration goes into planning when using original artifacts. What you have is the standard glass table exhibit case. We removed the legs and drilled through the bottom of the case and bolted the case into the frame of the "stable". We then took an archival based acid free barrier to protect the uniform. We used acid free tissue paper and stuffed the arms and the upper chest area to "fill in the voids" so that cloth is not resting on cloth putting unnecessary pressure on the uniform.

Once again hope you enjoy this little walk back in NCO History...


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Re: War of 1812 Exhibit and Uniform
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018, 11:59:38 AM »
Outstanding!

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Re: War of 1812 Exhibit and Uniform
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2018, 12:28:43 PM »
Thanks Paul...

Let me know what else you would like to see from our collection...

Smitty
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Re: War of 1812 Exhibit and Uniform
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2018, 03:59:14 PM »
Smitty, that is absolutely outstanding! What a rarity!!!

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Re: War of 1812 Exhibit and Uniform
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2018, 06:14:45 PM »
Roy,

Thank you..

I will post some of these on the GHW...

Smitty
"Pain is only weakness leaving the body"

"What you do in Life, echos in Eternity"

MSG Leigh E Smith Jr (Smitty)
USA (ret) 1984-2005

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