BUGLER’S SHELL JACKET IDENTIFIED TO PRIVATE WILLIAM BOPP, 2ND MISSOURI STATE MILITIA CAVALRY

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Scarce Union Missouri cavalryman's jacket modified with Zouave style V-neck collar and custom-trimmed with bright yellow narrow cording at cuffs and on front, forming a semi-regulation rack pattern with looped cloverleaf ends. Seven-button front with three-button non-functional cuffs (one button missing on left cuff). Sleeves lined with white cotton. Body lined with distinctive orange plaid that suggests jacket may have been an early product of Schuykill Arsenal which did at times use colorful, patterned material for jacket linings. Coat with scattered mothing and wear, small tears along seams, some re-sewn eagle buttons. Overall good condition; completely original throughout.

Donated by William Bopp's grandson, Richard Bopp, to a Wisconsin museum ca 1950s, then deaccessioned and offered at auction in Missouri. Later purchased by James C. Frasca and sold with accompanying documentation to Chris Nelson ca 2003 or after.  From Nelson to current consignor.

included is documentation identifying the jacket to William Bopp (1842-1914) and two copy photographs of an aged Bopp, one in which he wears his GAR medals and another in which he wears the jacket offered here.

William John Bopp, born in Galena, IL in 1842, enlisted in April 1862 as a private in Company I of the 11th Missouri State Militia Cavalry but on consolidation of the unit, was transferred to Company E of the 2nd Missouri State Militia Cavalry as a bugler. He served three years with his regiment throughout Missouri and Arkansas and was mustered out in April 1865. The Missouri State Militia was a federally funded state militia which began service in 1862 and whose primary purpose was to conduct offensive operations against Confederate guerrillas and recruiters, while also repelling raids by regular Confederate forces.  Following the war he resided in Black River Falls, WI, and from there moving to Garden Valley, WI where he married and had three children. He died there in 1914 and is buried in Stanford Cemetery, in Alma Center, WI.

2nd Regiment Missouri State Militia Cavalry. Organized in Missouri at large December, 1861, to April, 1862, and by consolidation of original 2nd and 11th Regiments, State Militia Cavalry. Attached to District of Northern Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to March, 1863. District of St. Louis, Mo., Dept. of Missouri, to June, 1863. District of Southeast Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to July, 1863. District of St. Louis, Mo., Dept. of Missouri, to April, 1865. SERVICE.--Walkerville, Mo., April 2 and 14, 1862. Cherry Grove June 26. Near Newark July 7. Whaley's Mills August 1. Kirksville August 6 (Detachment). Near Stockton August 8 (Detachment). Near Bragg's Farm September 13. Bloomfield March 1-2, 1863. Expedition from Bloomfield to Chalk Bluff, Ark., and to Gum Slough, etc., Mo., and skirmishes March 9-15. Chalk Bluff March 9 and 15. Gum Slough March 16. Scout to Doniphan March 19-23. Near Doniphan March 21. Scouts from Bloomfield to Scatterville, Ark., March 25-April 1. Chalk Bluff April 1. Operations against Marmaduke April 21-May 2. Cape Girardeau April 26. Castor River, near Bloomfield, April 29. Bloomfield April 29-30. Chalk Bluff, St. Francis River, April 30-May 1. Round Ponds August 1 (Detachment). Scout from Cape Girardeau to Poplar Bluff August 9-18 (1st Battalion). Ash Hill August 3 (Detachment). Expedition from Cape Girardeau to Pilot Knob and Pocahontas, Ark., August 17-26. Pocahontas, Ark., August 22-23. Expedition to Big Lake, Mississippi County, Ark., September 7-30, Expedition from Pilot Knob to Oregon County and to Pocahontas, Ark., September 29-October 6 (Detachment). Scout from Cape Girardeau to Doniphan and Pocahontas October 26-November 12. Expedition from Cape Girardeau to Clarkton October 26-November 15 (Detachment). Attack on Bloomfield and pursuit to Brown's Ferry, Ark., November 29-30. Halcora Island February 2, 1864 (Detachment). Cape Girardeau February 5. Near Charleston February 15 (Detachment). Near Bloomfield April 1. Scout from Bloomfield May 6. Sykestown June 7. Near St. James June 10. Expedition from New Madrid to Carruthersville July 5-10 (Detachment). Bloomfield July 14. Operations in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas July 18-August 6. Scatterville, Ark., July 28 (Detachment). Osceola, Ark., August 2. Elkchute August 4 (Detachment). Near Homersville and Gayoso September 8 (Detachment). Sykestown September 22. Ironton September 26. Shut in Gap and Arcadia Valley September 26. Fort Davidson, Pilot Knob, September 26-27 (Co. "K"). Leesburg or Harrison September 28-29 and October 1. Scout in Pemiscot County and skirmish October 10-12 (Detachment). Little Blue October 21. Independence, Big Blue and State Line October 22. Westport October 23. Engagement at the Marmiton or battle of Chariot October 25. Mine Creek, Little Osage River, Mafias Des Cygnes, October 25. West Point October 26. Operations in Mississippi County, Ark., November 5-6 (Detachment). Sikestown November 6 (Detachment). Scout in Pemiscot County and skirmish November 13-16 (Detachment). Near New Madrid December 3 (Detachment). Cypress Swamp, near Cape Girardeau, December 14 (Detachments). Expedition from Cape Girardeau and Dallas to Cherokee Bay and St. Francis River, Ark., with skirmish, December 20, 1864-January 4, 1865. Near Carruthersville December 30, 1864. Expedition from Bloomfield to Poplar Bluff January 4-16 (Detachment). Expedition from Cape Girardeau to Eleven Points River, Ark., January 24-February 22. Mississippi County February 13 (Co. "B"). Expedition from Bloomfield into Dunklin County March 3-7 (Detachment). Near Bloomfield March 3. Dunklin County March 4. Bloomfield March 7 (Detachment). Scout from Cape Girardeau to Bolinger, Stoddard and Wayne Counties March 9-15 (Co. "F"). Mustered out April 20, 1865.

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