THE CIVIL WAR
Overcoat

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Description 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 plastic buttons added later; in back there is a belt; left arm shows the forearm has been repaired; pocket on inside left breast liner with "W" and illegible letters stenciled on underside of cape. 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.

Private Walter Houston was born in Ireland in 1817. He was married to Betsey, who was born in New York in 1811. In 1860 they were living near Utica with another family at Fisk's Corners. He enlisted in Company D, 8th Wisconsin Infantry on February 29, 1864 as a recruit. He participated in the Red River Expedition, Battle of Chiot, the Pursuit of Price in Missouri, Battle of Nashville and the Battles around Mobile, Alabama. He mustered out on September 5, 1865. Betsey died Feb. 13, 1885 and Walter remarried to a woman named Ann. She was born in 1847 and died in 1908. He had two children; Mary J. Minckler and George A. Walter Houston is buried with his wives and children in the town of Omro at Minckler Cemetery.
Dimensions H-42 W-32 inches
Event Civil War
Year range to 1865
Material Wool/Cotton/Linen/Brass
Object ID 1579-5
Object Name Overcoat
People Houston, Walter
Used Houston, Walter
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