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Kearsarge Cap

Kearsarge Cap

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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.
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Object Name
associated date
1861 - 1865
associated person
Ives, Nathan
associated place
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
overall: 3 in x 11 in x 9 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 27.94 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
B. T. Nash
Naval History
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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