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Catalog Number 7685-3
Title Coat, Frock; Military, USA, Army, Spanish American War, John Bratt
Object Name Coat, Frock
Description Blue wool officer's frock coat. Double row on front of 18 large gold Nebraska state seal buttons. Three small state buttons on each sleeve. Four large seal buttons on tails. Provision for epaulets on shoulders. Has Colonel Epaulets: 7685 -13, -14
Vent on back side; two inner-breast pockets, also in coat tails; machine made.
Year Range from 1898
Year Range to 1899
Material wool, gold or copper alloy buttons
Place of Origin USA
Makers mark Tag inside collar:
Inscription Text On new style (1880'2s) Nebraska State seal buttons: "Equality before the law, Nebraska"
Used Spanish American War
People Bratt, John Peter
Search Terms Military
Spanish American
Other Name Coat, Military, Men's
Event Spanish American War
History Col. Bratt saw service as a captain in Dakota Indian wars of 1880's and Col. of 1st Nebr. Regt. Spanish-American war (see photos of J.P. Bratt, NSHS Library P853 wearing uniforms described here).
Coal Valley, Illinois native John Peter Bratt came to Nebraska in 1879, settling in Bennett. There he became successful as an owner of a hardware store, and a bank. Bratt joined the Nebraska National Guard in 1881 and rose from sergeant to full colonel. He served in the 1st Nebraska Regiment in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. However, illness sent him back to the U.S. shortly after he got there. He moved to Lincoln in 1904, where he later died. He was a founding member of the Bennett Chapter of the Masonic Lodge.
Credit line Wishart, Mrs. Joseph S. (Lourene)
Collection Wishers, Mrs. Joseph S. (Louring)