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Civil War "Bummer" Forage Cap Of General Benjamin F. Potts 32nd Ohio
Item #: A1075
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Here is a wonderful looking original Civil War soldier’s hat. This is the pattern known as the model 1858 "Bummer’s” cap. This pattern of military hat was a mainstay for the regular fighting men of the Civil War and is the version known to collectors as the "McDowell" style forage cap. This one is in gorgeous untouched well worn condition. The blue cloth still retains a deep blue color. There is some age mothing from age as you can see. It has the original leather chin strap intact with the leather length adjusters still remaining. On both sides of the strap it has the shield style eagle general service uniform buttons intact. The original brim is intact with the classic wide styling that is classic of the bummer style cap. You sometimes hear these referred to as "Duck Bill" because of the shape. On the inside of the hat it has some of the original sweatband intact. The original lining appears to have been gone for eons.On the top of the hat it has the original high quality embroidered infantry insignia. It has the hunting horn design that lets us know that it was worn by a member of the infantry. Inside the loop of the horn it has the applied silver numbers "32" which stands for the 32nd regiment of infantry. Our friend from Gettysburg, Brendan Synnamon who owns the Union Drummer Boy Relic Shop purchased this hat from a group of pieces owned by Benjamin Franklin Potts. Potts was a lawyer, politician, and soldier from the state of Ohio who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, as well as a postbellum Governor of the Montana Territory from 1870 to 1883. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Potts was elected as a captain of the 32nd Ohio Infantry and mustered into the service on August 29, 1861. He served with the regiment in western Virginia and was present at Cheat Mountain and Greenbrier River. He was engaged in scouting with his company during a portion of the winter of 1861–1862; and in the spring of 1862 he accompanied the regiment in the advance under Maj. Gen.Robert H. Milroy. Subsequently, he was engaged in the Battle of McDowell. He accompanied General John C. Frémont in his campaign up the Shenandoah Valley in pursuit of Stonewall Jackson, and was present at Cross Keys and Port Republic. In July 1862, he was temporarily detached from his infantry company and assigned command of an artillery battery in Winchester, Virginia. During the Maryland Campaign, he and his men fell back to the presumed safety of Harpers Ferry, where they were part of the largest surrender of the U.S. Army until World War II, following the Battle of Harpers Ferry. Potts was paroled and sent to Camp Douglas until exchanged. In December 1862, Potts was promoted to lieutenant colonel and commander of the demoralized and badly depleted 32nd Ohio. He reorganized the regiment, added substantially to its ranks, and refitted it for field duty. On Christmas Day, he was elevated to the colonelcy and then led the regiment in numerous campaigns of the Army of the Tennessee in the Western Theater, including the Siege of Vicksburg and the Atlanta Campaign. At Port Gibson he was complimented for gallantry by brigade commander Brig. Gen. John D. Stevenson; and at Raymond, Jackson, and Champion Hill, he received the thanks of Maj. Gen. John A. Logan. During the fight at Champion Hill, Colonel Potts charged with his regiment and captured an eight-gun Confederate battery and half of an Alabama infantry brigade that was guarding it. In August Potts was assigned to the command of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, XVII Corps, and he accompanied an expedition to Monroe, Louisiana. In November, Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson placed Potts in command of the 2nd Brigade. During Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Meridian expedition, Potts led the advance of the XVII Corps across Baker's Creek, routed the Rebels under William Wirt Adams, and drove them into Jackson. Later, Potts commanded the forces that destroyed the railroad from Meridian. In 1864, Potts was assigned command of the 1st Brigade, 4th Division of the XVII Corps, and was distinguished during the Atlanta Campaign, especially in the Battle of Atlanta. Division commander Giles A. Smith wrote, "Colonel Potts did more, on the 22d of July, 1864, to save the good name of the Army of the Tennessee, than any other one man." That fall, he participated in the successful operations against Savannah, Georgia. In January 1865, Potts was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers. He led his brigade during the Carolinas Campaign and in the Grand Review of the Armies in Washington, D.C. In May following the end of hostilities. Potts received the brevet rank of major general in the omnibus promotions at the end of the Civil War. It is accompanied by an original CDV image of Potts wearing his General's uniform. The hat is accompanied by a letter from Brendan stating where he acquired the piece. It is a wonderful untouched original piece of headgear from a future Civil War General.

Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
$6,500.00 USD

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