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Pattern 1833 Enlisted man's white buff leather accouterment belt: redyed black on inside for issue during the Civil War; five holes punched in one end for waist adjustment; two pieces sewn together to lengthen belt; four holes in middle; hooked to opposite end is a stamped brass oval buckle with "US" in center, lead filled with brass arrow hooks and tongue. Maker's stamp on belt: "R. Nece" for Robert Nece, Philadelphia, PA. Donated by son of Homer L. Bacon. Homer Lowell Bacon was born on July 14, 1843 at Kenosha, Wisconsin. At the outbreak of the war he was residing in Door County, Wisconsin. Homer enlisted at Ahnapee, Kewaunee County on Aug. 15, 1862 and was assigned to Company K, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He received a gunshot wound to his hip at Chickamauga, Georgia in 1863 and spent the ensuing winter in a hospital. Homer was discharged due to his wound on Feb. 18, 1864. The injury rendered him unfit for employment for two years. After a year spent home at Ahnapee he attended business college at Chicago, Illinois. There he learned bookkeeping and telegraphy. In 1866 he entered employment with the Toledo, Wabash & Western Railroad located at Warsaw, Illinois. After two years in that place he was transferred to LaHarpe, Illinois for about six years. While at the latter place he was married in 1869 to Annie M. Bliss. Homer was next sent to Burlington, Iowa. After more than four years at that place he resigned from his position. Homer spent a year employed at a bank in Salem, Illinois and then relocated to Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin in 1882. There he was appointed as the freight and passenger agent for the Wisconsin Central Railroad. Homer and Annie had three sons and two daughters. He was listed in 1883 as residing at Oshkosh and receiving pension #30,377 of $6 per month for a wound to his right hip. He was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh, having been mustered into that post on Jan. 15, 1885. He was listed in the veteran schedule of the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh. He was listed in the veteran section of the 1895 and 1905 state census at P.O. Oshkosh. Homer was listed in 1905 as the Assistant Postmaster at Oshkosh and he was then residing at 87 Wright Street in the city. Their g children were: John N. Bacon (donor); H. Milton Bacon; Mrs. George P. (Fannie) Ransom; Lena Bacon; and Mary I. Bacon, all of Oshkosh. Son Lowell B. Bacon had died about 1902. Homer died in Oshkosh on Feb. 21, 1926. He is buried there in Riverside Cemetery, block 124, lot 2.
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