Cotton, wool, metal
Overall: 1 x 11 3/4 x 41 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 29.8 x 105.4 cm )
Pair of khaki-colored cotton canvas field service trousers with 1" yellow wool felt stripe down the side of each leg; 4 button fly, 6 buttons around the waistband, a pocket at the front of each hip with flaps that button closed, legs reinforced from the pockets to below the knees; 2 straps at the small of the back which fasten at the center to metal buckle with double-tongued chape, 2 rear pockets with flaps that button closed, seat reinforced.
Gift of Captain Kurtz Eppley
handwritten: inside waistband: "Spanish-American War 1898. Kurtz Eppley. "Rough Riders."
These trousers are part of a uniform worn by Capt. Kurtz Eppley when he served in the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry (Roosevelt's Rough Riders), in the Spanish-American War. This uniform is an example of the Army's first khaki "issue," as well as the first instance when a uniform was referred to as "field service."
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