1858 Cavalry Enlisted Hat Insignia 1858 Regulation enlisted cavalryman's insignia for dress (Hardee) hat and, although
unauthorized for use by soldiers, later used on kepis and forage caps.
This is the standard Cavalry insignia most commonly used during the
Civil War. As
per Army regulations (and rarely adhered to), only the company letter
on the front of the forage cap and, in 1863 a Corps Badge, was authorized. Made from stamped brass with soldered brass wire hooks for attaching to hats or other items. 3 1/4" x 1 3/4" (approx). Original M1858 Jeff Davis Hat (aka Hardee Hat) with Cavalry Enlisted Hat Insignia from Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. 1866 Quartermaster photograph of a Cavalry Musician. Maryland Officer Kepi with enlisted crossed sabers insignia.