Forage cap

This Baltimore Mounted Rifleman cap was purchased from Canfield Bros. & Company. Militiaman Thomas Hill of the Maryland National Guard wore it when he went to fight for the Union. During the Civil War it was common for soldiers to have two kinds of headgear. An order issued by the U.S. War Department in 1858 called for enlisted men to receive each year one dress hat and a fatigue or forage cap like this red one.
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blue (trim color)
red (cap color)
wool (overall material)
overall (boxed): 12 1/4 in x 13 3/4 in x 13 3/4 in; 31.115 cm x 34.925 cm x 34.925 cm
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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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