In 1883 a change in uniform was made from a hip-length gray coat to a
West Point pattern gray coatee. It proved to be a popular style for the
enlisted grades who wore it and was not replaced until 1931
. The coatee had two outside rows of large gold VAMC buttons on the breast, which
curved inward toward the collar. Another change was in head gear.
Instead of gray felt, spiked helmets, black
kepi hats were worn, ornamented with gold braid for cadet
Watercolor by Floyd Richard Vranian.