Throwback Thursday: Lt John J Pershing and Staff

It’s time for another #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories!

In 1891, Lt. John J. Pershing took the position of Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Nebraska. He also served as the Commandant of the Cadets. Pershing studied law at the University and graduated with the class of 1893. In 1892, Pershing’s Company A won the Omaha Cup at the National Competitive Drills held in Omaha. The group was later renamed the Pershing Rifles.

This week’s #throwback is published and owned by Townsend Studio. Townsend Studio has been in continuous operation since it was founded. The studio holds a collection of glass plate and acetate negatives of early Lincoln and early residents including General John J. Pershing, William Jennings Bryan and Mari Sandoz. Images also include University of Nebraska and high school sports teams, state governors and Lincoln mayors.

See the full collection on the Nebraska Memories archive.

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