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Catalog Number 10455-1
Title Overcoat, Military, USA, Nebr. National Guard, Col. Joseph S. LeHew
Object Name Coat, Frock
Description Overcoat, dress, navy blue, double breasted and can button on either left or right side, knee length coat, back of coat is nicely pleated near slit. Eighteen large buttons on front, gold half of a circle, "Equality before the Law/Nebraska," is on buttons with a farm scene. There is also three smaller buttons with same decoration. The coat is machine sewn with some handsewing, bottom edge of coat is not hemmed, it has just been cut. A gold braid was to be worn with the uniform. No shoulder loops.
Date 1890s
Year Range from 1885
Year Range to 1900
Culture American
Material wool, metal
Made Pettibone Mfg. Co.
Place of Origin USA: Ohio, Cincinnati
Makers mark Tag inside collar:
Used USA: Nebraska (Red Willow), McCook
Length (in) 42
People LeHew, Joseph Snyder
Search Terms Nebraska National Guard
U.S. Army
Other Name Overcoat, Men's, Military
History Ohio native Joseph LeHew and his family arrived in Nebraska in 1872 coming from Ohio, settling on a homestead near Grafton before moving to Sutton. Mr. LeHew was appointed County Judge when Fillmore County, Nebraska was organized, and was known as Judge LeHew. He was admitted to the Bar in 1875. He was 1st Lt. of the first organized and equipped militia in Nebraska, which was called the "Governor's Guard." Later Gov. Nance appointed him to draft a military code for the State, and his code was adopted by the legislature in 1881. He was appointed Major and Advocate General on Gov. Nance's staff, and served nine years under different governors. He was promoted to the rank of colonel by Gov. Boyd. Judge LeHew was an elector who carried the Electoral ballots to Washington, D.C. when McKinley was elect President. He was instrumental in organizing the McCook Public Library. Judge and Mrs. Joseph LeHew and family moved to McCook in 1886. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 1 Oct. 1916, their nine living children were with them for this great occasion. Before coming to Nebraska, LeHew enlisted in the Union Army on 7 Sept. 1861 in Company H, 15th Ohio Infantry. He re-enlisted in Tennessee and fought in every battle in which his company was engaged during the war, though he was wounded twice, captured once and put in Libby Prison. He was mustered out of service in San Antonio, Texas and marched to the Gulf of Mexico. It took six weeks in getting back to his home in Ohio.
Credit line Mrs. E. Sanderson, Osceola, Iowa
Collection Sanderson, Mrs. E.