"Sacking Brooks Clothing Store." Harper's Weekly, August 1, 1863. Collection New-York Historical Society.
Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers manufactured uniforms for New York State troops during the Civil War. They were paid $4.75 each for jackets like this military dress coat, which, according to family accounts, Lt. Col. George S. Schermerhorn wore as a member of the 7th Regiment of New York Volunteers, suppressing the 1863 draft riots. The buttons carry the New York State motto, "Excelsior."

One of the largest clothing manufacturers in the city, the Brooks building at Cherry Street was ransacked on Tuesday, July 14, 1863, the second day of the draft riots.