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White cotton dress gloves remain a standard part of the uniforms soldiers wear for highly formal occasions. These gloves were owned and worn by Brigadier General Frederick E. Pierce (1865-1958) of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Pierce joined the 2nd Massachusetts just after the company was formed in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1886. He saw service with this volunteer company during the Spanish-American War (1898-99) working up through the ranks. In 1911 Pierce was elected Brigadier General; he was elevated to the rank of Major General (with two stars)the following year, just before his retirement. Pierce served Greenfield in a number of political and service positions before his death in 1958.
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