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Epaulets Belonging to John E. Wilkins

Unknown place made
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overall: 1 1/2 in x 3 9/16 in x 1/4 in
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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Three-dimensional Objects


a-b) This pair of gold and black First Lieutenant epaulets was worn by John E. Wilkins of Terre Haute, Indiana, during his military service in the Civil War from April 20, 1861 to July 22, 1865. According to Wilkins' diary, he served as "1st Lt Co A- 11th Indiana Infty zouaves. & 1st Lt & Adjutant. 16th Indiana vol Infty." For more information see the curated grouping, "A Civil War Soldier: John E. Wilkins of Vigo County, Indiana" on the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection website at http://www.lincolncollection.org/collection/curated-groupings/category/john-e-wilkins/ Several more items from Wilkins' military service are in this collection: Zouave jacket, 71.2009.082.0522; Officer's sash, 71.2009.082.0700; Belt and buckle, 71.2009.082.0717; Part of the sword belt, 71.2009.082.0423; Civil War blanket pin, 71.2009.082.0718; Wadsworth Pipe razor, 71.2009.082.0720a-c; Morely & Sons Silver Steel Razors 71.2009.082.0721a-c; Mess kit spoon, 71.2009.082.0719; Crepe worn during Lincoln's funeral events, 71.2009.082.0048; John E. Wilkins photograph taken later in life, LN-2595; 1855 Indiana State Fair ribbon, 71.2009.082.0208; 1860 Indiana State Fair ribbon, 71.2009.082.0209; Three volume diary and other paper artifacts are housed at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.