Confederate Officer's Kepi

Description
Physical Description
Gray wool with leather brim. Gold lace trim.
Specific History
This is the type of kepi worn by a Confederate officer. The faded gold quatrefoil and three lines of lace signify that it was worn by a major or colonel.
General History
The kepi was similar to the forage cap. It was copied from the French officer's hat. The crown was colored, usually for the branch of service of the wearer. The kepi was shorter than the forage cap, and was not very popular because it did not protect the wearer from the rain or sun.
Object Name
kepi
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
leather (brim material)
metal (trim material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 7 in x 9 in; 8.89 cm x 17.78 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
1980.0399.1166
accession number
1980.0399
catalog number
1980.0399.1166
subject
Military
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event
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
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Exhibition
"The Price of Freedom: Americans at War"
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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