Berdan's Sharpshooter's hat

Berdan's Sharpshooter's hat

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This hat was a part of the 1st United States Sharpshooters uniform. Sharpshooters fought mainly as skirmishers—soldiers who led advances and probed enemy lines for weaknesses, sometimes taking cover and targeting officers or artillerymen. Wearing green uniforms that made them hard to spot amid trees and grass gave them a strategic advantage. Sharpshooters of exceptional skill were assigned to act independently as snipers, using heavy target rifles that could hit their targets up to a thousand yards.
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Other Terms
cap; Man; Army; Enlisted Man
date made
ca 1861-1865
Physical Description
green (cap color)
wool (cap material)
leather (brim material)
overall: 5 in x 10 in x 7 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 25.4 cm x 19.05 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
U.S. War Department
Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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