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ELLSWORTH'S AVENGERS! 44th New York Officer's Grade Civil War Forage Cap
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Here is a beautiful original piece of Civil War headgear. This is the wonderful looking high quality commercially produced forage cap from the Civil War. It is constructed of fine quality deep blue wool. The wool still has a gorgeous tone all over with just a few minor moth holes. The hat is 4-1/2 inches high at the front , which is correct for Civil War construction. One thing that makes this one extra special is that it has the original insignia on the top of the hat. It has the red Maltese Cross with the stamped brass "44" numbers affixed to the edge. This red Maltese Cross, is the insignia that lets us know that the hat was worn by a member of the 5th Corps, 1st Division of the Army of the Potomac. It has the thin leather chin strap fixed to the cap by two New York state design buttons on the side. The visor is bound and is in beautiful well worn condition. Inside the hat itself it has the original crown cotton lining with diamond shaped stitching on the crown. The original 1-1/2 inch tall brownish red leather sweatband is present. The 44th New York was involved in the majority of the battles of the Army of the Potomac. The 44th New York, known as Elsworth’s Avengers was organized at Albany. The regiment left Albany on October 21, 1861, for Washington, and once arrived at the Capital, was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, later with the 5th Corps. The following Spring their war started Yorktown on April 30th. On May 27, they were heavily engaged at Hanover Court House, Va., then Gaines Mills a month later. They fought at many places, with battles at Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Groveton, and Fredericksburg by the end of 1862. There next major engagement was Gettysburg on the 2nd day, July 2nd, 1863. At Gettysburg the 44th was positioned on the left of the line and joined in the defense of Little Round Top, the most contested area of fighting on July 2nd, where it met with its greatest loss in the battle. Casualties numbered 111 killed, wounded and missing. The regiment was placed in reserve on July third and had two more men wounded the 3rd day of battle. Colonel Strong Vincent was in command of the brigade, and was killed on the 2nd day of fighting.1864 proved to be constant fighting under Grant, with battles at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Bethesda Church, Petersburg Campaign, and many more. From May of 1862 to October of 1864 until the regiment mustered out, they were attached to the 5th Army Corps. This is your chance to own a classic Civil War officer's forage cap in fine condition from one of the hardest fighting regiments of the Civil War.

Item #: B4771
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