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Pattern 1885 Officer's Fatigue Blouse: dark blue wool body; five gilt brass eagle buttons on front; three gilt brass eagle buttons on each cuff; officer's shoulder straps with white wool centers (infantry), gilt wire embroidered edges, and two gilt embroidered bars on each end (captain); gilt brass pins on fold-down collars with infantry crossed rifles "2/WIS" (2nd Wisconsin) and "U.S.V." (United States Volunteers); white cotton sleeve; and black quilted cotton lining in body. Storage location: Sleeve forms were hanging but cloth tabs' stitches were being pulled out by weight of forms or rough handling by staff; so sleeves have been set on bottom of cabinet. Used by Captain Julius Nemitz during the Spanish American War when the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard was federalized and became the 2nd Wisconsin United States Volunteers. Julius A. Nemitz was born circa 1857 in Germany. He immigrated to the United States and settled in Oshkosh where he operated a clothing store with A. C. Ehrmann at 37 Kansas St. from 1886-89. Had his own store at 44 Main St. from 1889- c 1904. Operated a cement contracting company in Oshkosh and was City Overseer of the Poor c 1930. Wife's name Emma (1862-1926). Active in Wisconsin National Guard; enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin April 21, 1885; promoted to quartermaster sergeant March 17, 1886; promoted to 2nd Lieutenant June 26, 1886; promoted to 1st Lieutenant December 14, 1888; promoted to Captain and Regimental Quartermaster November 10, 1891: Assumed command of Company F March 30, 1892; Regimental Ordnance Officer in 2nd Wisconsin Infantry during Spanish-American War, 1898; promoted to Major June 13, 1899; promoted to Lieutenant Colonel January 1914. He died in Oshkosh in 1941 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh.
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