Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 23.5" H x 16" W
Dark blue cloth lined with white serge and edged with white kerseymere. Brown leather forage cap with slightly darker leather bill.
The soft leather forage cap was introduced in 1833. There seems to be no historical reason for the distinct change in the style of the cap. Since soldiers wore their uniforms day and night, it has been reported that the forage cap came in handy at night. With the strap buckled under the chin tightly it was a big help, according to one hospital steward, "to keep out of our ears, ear-wigs, centipedes, cockroaches, etc."