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The Frock Coat of Lt. Joseph Bucher – 78th and 102nd NY Infantry

The Frock Coat of Lt. Joseph Bucher – 78th and 102nd NY Infantry – This frock coat is in overall fine condition; it is somewhat unusual as it has its collar turned down – apparently, Lt. Bucher had his coat tailored this way, as it was made to be a roll over type collar and was never intended nor cut to be the usual stand-up collar. The coat has Bucher’s name and regiment written in the left breast pocket, and his initials are written in the lapel. The coat has NY30 coat staff and cuff buttons; it has nice quilted, green silk / cotton blend lining; no hem to the tail skirts; balloon-style elbows; great, bright blue striped cotton / silk blend sleeve linings; original 2nd Lt. of the Infantry rank straps; brown polished cotton lining in the breast pocket and tail pockets. This is a very nice example of an identified Union frock coat. Bucher saw heavy action throughout the war, including Gettysburg and Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Joseph I. Bucher
Residence was not listed; 24 years old.  Enlisted on 12/9/1861 at Amherst, NY as a Sergeant.  On 12/16/1861 he mustered into “E” Co. NY 78th Infantry  He was transferred out on 7/12/1864. On 7/12/1864 he transferred into “E” Co. NY 102nd Infantry  He was Mustered Out on 7/21/1865 at Alexandria, VA   Promotions: * 2nd Lieut. 6/4/1865
BUCHER JOSEPH L – age 24 years enrolled December 9 1861 at Amherst to serve three years mustered in as Private Company E 78th Infantry December 16 1861 promoted Corporal February 21 I862 Sergeant October 31 1862 First Sergeant April 4 1863 re enlisted as a veteran December 26 I863 transferred to Company K this regiment July 12 1864 mustered in as Second Lieutenant June 4 1865 mustered out with company July 21 1865 at Alexandria Va commissioned Second Lieutenant June 29 1865 with rank from April 14 1865.

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