Confederate Colonel's Forage Cap

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     This cadet gray, Confederate officer’s forage cap was adopted from the pre-war U.S. regulation pattern and was popular early in the War.  This is the same style worn by Confederate General Stonewall Jackson.

     Three Confederate forage caps made by the same maker as this example survive.  At least two of the three caps belonged to high ranking officers and are very high quality, which suggests that they were privately made by a haberdasher for sale to Confederate officers.  I do not know what the insignia is on the third example.   Of the three, one resides in the Museum of the Confederacy, the other in a private collection.  The cap in the Museum of Confederacy’s collection belonged to Brigadier General George Wythe Randolph of Virginia and is shown in Echoes of Glory.  The base of General Randolph’s cap has the four bands of braid around the base which is regulation for a Confederate general.  The three rows of braid encircling the base of this cap signify the rank of Colonel.  Two rows of braid would indicate the rank of captain; one row would indicate either a first or second Lieutenant.

     This exact cap is shown on the inner flap of the dust cover and on page 142 and 143 of Collecting the Confederacy.

     The forage cap comes with a full report from America’s most recognized authority on head gear.  The cap is in excellent original condition.     

 

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