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Union Army Uniforms and Insignia

Unit Insignia

Regimental Numbers

Original Enlisted Men's Regimental Numbers

These were part of the Bannerman lot. They were worn on the front of the Jeff Davis hat or the front or top of the kepi (forage cap). They were five-eighths of an inch in height by regulation and would fit within the circle formed by the tube of the infantry horn. The regulations only mention company letters worn on the front of the forage cap. In practice soldiers wore various insignia on their forage caps including the branch of service insignia intended for the hat, regimental numbers, company letters, letters indicating their state or regimental nickname and corps badges. In some cases the forage caps were devoid of insignia. The two letter are soldered together and wire prongs were soldered to the backs of the numbers to attach them to the hat.


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