Confederate Officer's Kepi

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.
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
leather (brim material)
metal (trim material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 7 in x 9 in; 8.89 cm x 17.78 cm x 22.86 cm
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accession number
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related event
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
"The Price of Freedom: Americans at War"
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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