M1851 Pattern Brogan



Our brogans are made of high-quality, and pliable, leather, pegged soles and available in sizes 3 to 15-1/2. Heel plates can be installed for $10.95. 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. 95% of all brogans delivered by the Allegheny Arsenal (of over 1 million pairs) were sewn, as pegged brogans were considered sub-standard by the government.

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


Additional information

Weight 28 oz
Heel Plates

Attached Heel Plates, No Heel Plates


3, 4, 4-1/2, 5, 5-1/2, 6, 6-1/2, 7, 7-1/2, 8, 8-1/2, 9, 9-1/2, 10, 10-1/2, 11, 11-1/2, 12, 12-1/2, 13, 13-1/2, 14, 14-1/2, 15, 15-1/2


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