Wool, other textile, leather, cord, metal
Overall: 3 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 27 x 19 cm )
embroidered: on front of cap: "187/GAR" maker's label: inside top of crown: "R. Streckert / . . . HATTER / . . . [MAN]HATTAN AVE. / [B]ROOKLYN"
"Chasseur pattern" dark blue wool felt cap; black patent leather visor which is flat and somewhat rectangular; soft crown with circular, countersunk top; embroidered front insignia with "187/GAR" framed by branches of laurel; chin strap made of knotted gold cord secured at either side by a gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle; brown leather sweatband and black textile lining.
Documents received from the donor indicate that this parade cap belonged to her grandfather, August Westhoff, who enlisted in New York City on May 3, 1861, and was mustered in as a private in Co. D of the 20th Regiment, New York Turner Rifle Volunteers, on May 6, 1861. Westhoff fought in the Battle of Antietam, which took place in September of 1862, was promoted to corporal on December 12, 1862, and was mustered out with his company on June 1, 1863, in New York City.
Gift of Mrs. Arthur Richter
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