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Enlisted Man's dismounted overcoat Pattern of 1851, constructed of sky blue satinet; cotton warp, wool weft; wool lining sewn in upper body and white cotton sleeve linings; coat has short cape and stand-up collar; all seams and button holes are sewn with logwood dyed thread that turned brown to tan in color; seams are not felled except the skirt seam from the belt to the tail; collar has 2 metal hooks for fastening together; cape has 6 small brass buttons with heraldic eagle design; coat has 5 brass buttons with heraldic eagle design; in back there is a belt; left arm shows the forearm has been repaired; pocket on inside left breast liner; "J. F. Sawyer" is stamped in black ink on the underside of the cape on the left side. This coat is unusual in that Army regulations called for these coats to be made from sky-blue kersey wool and this coat is made of sky-blue satinet. James F. Sawyer listed his residence as Gibraltar, Door County when he enlisted there on Mar. 28, 1864. He was assigned as a private in Company K, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and was wounded at Savannah, Georgia. He was transferred as unassigned to the 3rd (reorganized) Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on June 8, 1865 and was mustered out on July 18, 1865. James was listed in the veteran section of the 1885 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Omro, Winnebago County. He was a charter member of GAR Post #7 at Omro and was the namesake of that post. Nancy E., his widow, was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the town of Omro at P.O. Omro. She provided his unit designation as above and information that he had suffered a bullet wound to his neck during his military service. He is buried with a simple military marker. Nancy was born on Feb. 26, 1830 and died on June 5, 1905. She was listed in 1905 as his widow and was then residing at 201 Exchange Street in the village of Omro. Both are buried at Omro Cemetery, Olin's Addition, Section A, plot 8.
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