Confederate Officer's Kepi


Physical Description

Gray wool with leather brim. Gold lace trim.

Specific History

This is the type of kepi worn by a Confederate officer. The faded gold quatrefoil and three lines of lace signify that it was worn by a major or colonel.

General History

The kepi was similar to the forage cap. It was copied from the French officer's hat. The crown was colored, usually for the branch of service of the wearer. The kepi was shorter than the forage cap, and was not very popular because it did not protect the wearer from the rain or sun.

Related Event: Civil WarCivil War and Reconstruction


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0399.1166Accession Number: 1980.0399Catalog Number: 1980.0399.1166

Object Name: kepi

Physical Description: wool (overall material)leather (brim material)metal (trim material)Measurements: overall: 3 1/2 in x 7 in x 9 in; 8.89 cm x 17.78 cm x 22.86 cm


Record Id: nmah_1276487

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