The forage cap was based on the French kepi and was the most common headgear worn by federal troops. U.S. Army regulations called for insignia to be put on the top of the cap, with branch of service (infantry, cavalry or artillery) in the middle, company letter above and the regimental number below. Made of wool, lined, leather bill and chin strap. Available in sizes S – XL.
On the other side, the confederate troops sometimes called it a “bummer cap”, which evolved directly from the shako (tall, cylindrical military cap) used by the regular army earlier in the 1850s. Essentially, the forage cap, described by some troops as “shapeless as a feedbag”, was a less-expensive and more comfortable version of the earlier shako. Made of grey wool, lined, leather bill and chin strap. Available in sizes S – XL.
Dark blue, Grey
S, M, L, XL