Kearsarge Cap

Description
During the Civil War enlisted men in the U.S. Navy wore flat hats like this one, which belonged to Nathan Ives, who served aboard the U.S.S. Kearsarge when it engaged the C.S.S. Alabama in 1864. These ships fought off the coast of Cherbourg, France on June 19th after the C.S.S. Alabama had repairs done in the French port. With weaker firepower than her Union counterpart, the C.S.S. Alabama was torn apart by a shot that penetrated the vessel at the waterline.
Location
Currently not on view
associated date
1861 - 1865
associated person
Ives, Nathan
used
France
associated place
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 11 in x 9 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 27.94 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
AF.5854
catalog number
5854
accession number
25148
Credit Line
B. T. Nash
subject
Naval History
related event
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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