Enlisted Man's Forage Cap, Model 1858

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.
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
metal (overall material)
leather (overall material)
overall: 3 in x 7 in x 10 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 17.78 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
U.S. War Department
related event
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
"The Price of Freedom: Americans at War"
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History