M1851 Pattern Brogan Our
brogans are made of high-quality, and pliable, leather, wooden pegged soles and available in sizes 3 to 15-1/2, in both standard
and wide widths. Heel plates can be installed for $8.95. These brogans are the perfect footwear for daily wear (but please remember to take care of them with our leather products)! The
term 'brogan' is derived from English "Brogue", a rugged shoe that almost covered the ankle as opposed to a shoe which was lower and a boot which was longer. Brogan is now generally applied to any heavy, ankle high shoe
typically worn by a civil war soldier. The standard model that was
available was the M1851 Jefferson, named after Thomas Jefferson who, at
his inauguration in 1801, wore laced-up shoes (one of the first 'fads'
for America) in support of the French Republic. This set a fashion.
All laced shoes were soon called "Jefferson Shoes until the 1880s. The civil
war brogan was a square-toed model, with four eyelets and leather laces.
During the 1860s brogans were interchangeable (called straight lasts); however, our shoes our
sized for the left and right foot. As per the Army Uniform Regulations of 1861 (rarely observed by the rank and file):
1497 - For all officers - Ankle or Jefferson Boots
1498 - For enlisted men of Cavalry and Light Artillery - Ankle or Jefferson Boots, rights and lefts, according to pattern
1499 - For enlisted men of Artillery, Infantry, Engineers and Ordnance -
Jefferson Boots, rights and lefts, according to pattern
1860s Tintype of Jefferson Bootees. Note the soles with wooden pegs.
Original pair of Jefferson Brogans from the Civil War.