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M1858/M1861 McDowell Forage Cap
M1858/M1861 McDowell Forage Cap

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M1858/M1861 McDowell Forage Cap

Forage caps were the most popular headgear worn by the Union army, particularly in the eastern theater of operations. The forage cap was adopted during a time when the standard army headgear was the model 1851 cap, a shako used for both dress and fatigues. Photographs of troops in the field showed that the shako did not hold up under field conditions. The forage cap was introduced just in time to become the signature headgear of the Civil War soldier. The visor of the McDowell cap was sloping as well as an exaggerated posterior height.

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Measurement in Inches Hat Size Civilian Military
21 1/8" Small 6 3/4 1
21 1/2" Small 6 7/8 2
21 7/8" Medium 7 3
22 1/4" Medium 7 1/8 4
22 5/8" Large 7 1/4 5
23" Large 7 3/8 6
23 1/2" XL 7 1/2 7
23 7/8" XL 7 5/8 8
24 1/4" XL 7 3/4 9
Researched, documented and made to exacting standards for authenticity!

General E.H. Stoughton's "McDowell" Pattern Forage Cap. BG Stoughton was the commander of the 2nd Vermont Brigade before being unceremoniously captured by John S. Mosby on March 09, 1863.

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