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Continental Army uniform coat worn by Brigadier-General Peter Gansevoort Jr. during his command of Fort Stanwix, New York, in 1777Continental Army uniform coat worn by Brigadier-General Peter Gansevoort Jr. during his command of Fort Stanwix, New York, in 1777

After visiting the Smithsonian and seeing George Washington's uniform, Peter Gansevoort's granddaughter Catherine Lansing offered relics of her own ancestor, an American officer in the Revolutionary War. In 1912 she donated a collection of swords and uniforms that documented three generations of military officers in the Gansevoort family, from the Revolution to the Civil War. Curators promised to try "to give them an installation befitting their dignity and importance."

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