Charles R. Nevitt

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Collection Charles R. Nevitt
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Albumen print once mounted on a Carte de Visite mount of Charles R. Nevitt.
Year Range from 1865
Event Civil War
Year range to 1865
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 20556
Notes Full standing view of Captain Charles R. Nevitt, Company E, 5th Wisconsin Infantry (Reorganized) wearing line officer's single breasted frock coat with shoulder bars, sword belt with interlocking buckle, red tinted sash, pistol holster and mourning arm band (probably for President Lincoln), with his Model 1850 Line Officer's Sword resting against a pillar and his Model 1858 Uniform Hat with embroidered infantry bugle and number "5" resting on a carpeted box.
Charles R. Nevitt was born August 27, 1825 in Stafford, Genesee County, New York to Robert and Lydia (Fairfield). In 1839 he became apprenticed 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 Buffalo, 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 offered 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.
Object ID P1999.1.48
Object Name carte de visite
People Nevitt, Charles R.
Print size H=4 W=2 1/2 in
Subjects Civil War
5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Newspaper editors
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Mourning clothes
Title Charles R. Nevitt
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