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Re: [civilwarwest] Hat Plumes

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  • Steve Saultz
    Thankyou Kent....... Capt. DORR64OVI@aol.com wrote: From the Regulations for the Uniform of the Army of the United States 1861: Trimmings (for the dress hat):
    Message 1 of 7 , Dec 6, 2006
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               Thankyou Kent.......
                       Capt.             

      DORR64OVI@... wrote:
      From the Regulations for the Uniform of the Army of the United States 1861:
       
      Trimmings (for the dress hat):
       
      #34 For General Officers - Gold cord with acorn-shaped ends.  The brim of the hat looped up on the right side, and fastened with an eagle attached to the side of the hat; 3 black ostrich feathers on the left side; a gold embroidered wreath in front, on black velvet, encircling the letters U.S. in silver, old English characters.
       
      Officers below the rank of Field Officer were to wear two feathers and enlisted men one.
       
      Remember, these are the written regulations. What happened in practice was dependant on how the rules were enforced.  In the Western armies, the dress hat was normally stripped of its trimmings and reshaped into what became known as the slouch hat (although private purchase civilian hats also are slouch hats).  Images of companies of Western regiments probably show a ratio of 80-85% slouch hats to 20-15% forage caps.
       
      Kent Dorr
       
       


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