Enlisted Man's Forage Cap, Model 1858

Description
Physical Description
Model 1858 forage cap, navy wool with black leather visor and chin strap, with gold-colored buttons.
General History
The forage cap was introduced just in time to become the signature headgear of the Civil War soldier. This model was the most popular worn by the Union army, officers and enlisted men alike. It was adopted as standard army headgear. The visor can be flat or sloping. Because of its popularity, the cap was made in several styles.
Object Name
cap
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
metal (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 7 in x 10 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 17.78 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
AF*25125.091
catalog number
25125.091
accession number
64127
subject
Military
ThinkFinity
event
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
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Exhibition
"The Price of Freedom: Americans at War"
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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