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20th Infantry Officer Embroidered Hat Insignia
20th Maine Infantry Hat Patch


 
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20th Infantry Officer Embroidered Hat Insignia

This Infantry hat patch is complete with the 20th Maine numerals in the center of the embroidered horn.
This is the smaller version intended for kepis and forage caps. Approximately 2" x 1-1/4".

Civil War embroidered insignia were
made in high relief of gold bullion embroidery with the regimental number added in small false embroidered silver metal numbers. The back of the insignia had two wire loops through which it could be pinned to the hat.

The horn device was borrowed from European armies where it was used as a badge of light infantry. These units were often drawn from experienced huntsmen and foresters. The hunting horn became their symbol. In 1875 the U.S. Army replaced the horn with crossed rifles. About 80% of the Union Army was infantry and the infantry horn is the most commonly encountered of Civil War hat insignia.

The 20th Maine was organized in the state of Maine and mustered into Federal service on August 29, 1862, with Colonel Adelbert Ames as its commander. It was assigned to the Army of the Potomac in the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps, where it would remain until mustered out on July 16, 1865. At the time the Twentieth joined the brigade it consisted of the 16th Michigan, the 12th, 17th, and 44th New York, 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry regiments, and a Michigan company of sharpshooters.

Original Civil War Embroidered Insignia of 1st Lieutenant Gideon Wells of the 46th Massachusetts Infantry.

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