How Should You Wear Your Civil War Slouch Hat?
- How Should You Wear Your Civil War Slouch Hat?
By Paula and Coach McCoach
Small features like how you wear your slouch hat will enhance your
Civil War uniform impression without spending another dime. If you
look at original photographs, you will discover that Civil War
soldiers wore the brim up. The Indiana Jones brim turned down cannot
be found in photographs of the period.
Common colors of slouch hats were black, silver gray, brown and tan.
Any felt hat of the period will do. Generally speaking, they wore
their hats on their heads. Sometimes they cocked it off to one side
but they did not push it back.
Men of the Victorian period wore their hats all the time when they
were outside unless they were taking them off as a sign of
respect. Winter or summer they wore their hats. Wheel hats and
straw hats were also worn in the summer. I found I could not find
many photographs of winter hats. My theory is that the cold
temperatures interfered with the chemical reaction in the photography
I try to stay away from anything fancy on my hat. Hat brass, cords,
pinning the side of the hat up would be the exception to the rule. I
believe generic is the best. A generic felt hat with a medium size
brim worn wither with a flat or bee hive top possibly with some type
of crease or the hat tilted off to the side is what I have observed
in photographs most often. Wearing the brim up was the rage during
that time period.
Coach McCoach has been a Civil War reenactor in the 4th North
Carolina Infantry, 2nd Virginia Regiment, and 21st Virginia Company
B. Coach has received the "Authenticity Award" from these companies
several times for his Civil War Uniform Impression. Coach's Civil War
uniform designs have been seen in the movies GETTYSBURG, Antietam
Visitors Center, ANDERSONVILLE.
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