Forage cap cover

This waterproofed cap cover, belonging to Colonel Robert Harper, protected the forage cap during periods of precipitation.
Yet stories in the museum files question whether Harper used it or instead gave the cover to a soldier. Anecdotes from his regiment say that "Colonel Harper was greatly beloved by his entire regiment" and that he was devoted to the well-being of his men. For instance, "[at] another time when passing a wounded soldier he stopped and gave him his own overcoat, and continued on the way through the rain and snow without one." Another story tells us that, "[o]nce when ill himself [Colonel Harper] dismounted and placed a private soldier on his horse, when the man had sunk by the road from exhaustion."
Currently not on view
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overall (boxed): 11 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in; 28.575 cm x 29.21 cm x 29.21 cm
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Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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