Description: Ornamental shoulder pieces (two) for the adornment of a military uniform. Cased line epaulets. Have the number 8 for 8th Infantry. Small CW staff buttons on the inner ends. Bullion edging. Heavy cording of bullion between the crescent and the fringe. Housed in a black tin carrying case: W.J. Horstman and Sons, Philadelphia.
Description: Historical Note: Epaulets of Lt. Horace Haldeman, 8th Infantry, one of the officers at Fort Gates. Horace Haldeman, soldier, rancher, and early insect collector in Texas, was born on August 14, 1820, near Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In his early life he was a surveyor on the Pennsylvania Central Railroad, a farmer, and part owner of a steel furnace in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United States Army on February 16, 1847, and served in Mexico with the Eleventh Infantry during the Mexican War. He returned from Mexico in 1848 and after a few months in Pennsylvania joined the Eighth United States Infantry in Port Lavaca, Texas, on December 27, 1848. In Texas he served at several frontier outposts, including Port Lavaca, Fort McKavett, San Antonio, and Fort Gates. Haldeman collected insects at several of these localities, especially at Fort Gates, where he was acting assistant quartermaster and post adjutant from 1848 to 1850 and commanding officer in early 1852. He left Texas in 1854 and served at Fort Columbus, New York, until he resigned from the army on February 1, 1856. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and later moved to Belton and then to Calvert, where he ran a livery stable until his death.
Citation information: ATF0174, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration: epaulets: 10.5 in x 7.5 in x 3 in; box: 6.5 in x 9.5 in x 7 in