Burnside hat

Also known as a "Burnside Pattern" hat, this softer version of the Hardee hat was much like a slouch hat in appearance and comfort. It was worn by Lieutenant Nathan Levy of the 10th Michigan Infantry Regiment.
Originally born in Poland in 1839, Levy immigrated to the United States in 1852. Before the war he worked in the clothing business and eventually owned a store in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On October 1, 1862 at age 24, Levy received a commission for 2nd Lieutenant of Company H, which was known as the "McClellan Guards." He was then promoted on July 15, 1863 to 1st Lieutenant, Company I. Levy resigned and was honorably discharged on January 12, 1864.
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overall: 11 in x 15 in x 4 in; 27.94 cm x 38.1 cm x 10.16 cm
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Civil War
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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