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Ask a Genealogist: Fined for losing a Forage Cap.

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Question:

During the Civil War was it common to be fined for losing equipment?  My ancestor lost what I think was his hat - "Forage Cap"?

Answer:

During the Civil War it was common to be fined when you lost field gear, a weapon, or a piece of your uniform.  The "Forage Cap" was the standard issue cap worn by both Union and Confederate veterans.  Another name for this headwear was a "Kepi".  If you look on "Google Images" you will see a variety of style of both Forage Caps and Kepis.

Posted by David Lambert at 05/15/2013 11:55:50 PM | 


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