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Hat

Object Number: 
1951.482
Date: 
1861-1865
Medium: 
Felt, other textile, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. ( 14 x 31.8 x 32.4 cm )
Description: 
Brown felt hat with slightly tapered cylindrical crown with depression in top, and wide, slightly upturned brim with cloth tape binding on edges; brown and gold hat cord with slide and acorn tips; leather sweatband and brown silk lining.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this hat was worn during the Civil War by Brigadier-General Alexander Shaler of the 65th New York Infantry. He is said to have been wearing it at the time of his capture by Confederate forces in the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, May 5, 1864.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group