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Officer's Pattern of 1858 Uniform Hat or "Hardee Hat" or private purchase hat, black fur felt construction with tapering crown; pushed down on top by user; broad flat brim; embroidered gold bullion officer's Infantry bugle on front with '5' in center (5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry); black silk ribbon hat band at base of crown; officer's gold bullion and black silk twisted hat cord with acorns around base of crown (twisted at side); leather sweat band in base of crown; inside "The Monarch" is written in silver script; blue thread bow in back of inside. Worn by Captain Charles R. Nevitt. See carte de visite, P1999.1.48. Charles R. Nevitt was born August 27, 1825 in Stafford, Genesee County, New York to Robert and Lydia (Fairfield). In 1839 he became aprenticed to a local newspaper publisher and remained in that trade for twenty years. In 1852 Nevitt began printing his own paper, The Young Hickory. He was married in 1852 in Beffalo, NY to Elizabeth B. Gardner and they had four sons all born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Robert H.; Charles, Sr.; William J.; and John. He moved to Oshkosh in 1853 and purchased half of the Oshkosh Courier. He sold that half in 1857 and opened a drug and grocery store, which burned down in the fire of May 1859. One year later Nevitt began printing the Weekly Northwestern, along with three business associates; in January 1861 the paper became the Daily Northwestern. Nevitt gave up his part of the paper when, in August 1864, Wisconsin Governor James T. Lewis offerred him a commission as an officer in the reorganized 5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. As a captain of Company E, Nevitt left the state for Washington, DC in October 1864. By December, the regiment was stationed in the trenches outside of Petersburg, VA. They fought in the March 25, 1865 battle outside the city and, on April 2, helped push the Confederate Army out. Nevitt and his men took part in the pursuit of General Lee's forces until his surrender on April 9. The Company returned to Madison on June 20 and were mustered out of service. After the war Nevitt returned to Oshkosh and became involved in real estate, insurance, and loans. His wife Elizabeth died in 1871 and he married Martha Ely Green in Oshkosh on September 15, 1872. He was married a third time to Athlinda Fullmer in 1883. He was a well-known and respected figure in the city until his death on November 16, 1907.
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