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Beaded Cap
National Museum of Natural History

Beaded Cap

Catalog #: 315439    
Credit: National Museum of Natural History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 4.75" H x 4.5" W x 10" D

Physical Description

Beaded cap made in the “Scotch style.”

Specific History

This cap is said to have been made by a Creek Indian in Georgia for General Edmund P. Gaines. Edmund Pendleton Gaines was born in Virginia in 1777 and his family finally settled in Tennessee. Gaines was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1797. From 1801-1804 he surveyed the road from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. He arrested Aaron Burr and fought in the War of 1812. He participated in the Creek and Seminole wars under Andrew Jackson. In 1832 he led the campaign against Black Hawk. His over-reaching of authorization on several occasions during the Mexican War led to his removal and subsequent court martial. He defended himself successfully and the charges against him were dropped. He died in New Orleans in June 1849.


Country: United States
State: Georgia
Era: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
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