US Army Model 1851 dress cap worn by William T. Sherman

Description
US Army Model 1851 dress cap worn by William Tecumseh Sherman. The shako-style hat is made of cardboard covered in a dark blue cloth, with a cap band of a dark blue wool with a gold thread insignia consisting of the letters "U.S." in a wreath. The hat's brim is missing but its black leather chin strap is still attached at one side with a US general service button. Sherman wore this cap when serving as a Captain in the Subsistence Department in 1851.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cap
hat
shako
date made
ca 1851
wearer
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
leather (chin strap material)
cardboard (overall material)
metal (button material)
Measurements
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
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
AF*15932
catalog number
15932
accession number
59388
subject
Army
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William Tecumseh Sherman
Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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