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    Bullet Struck McDowell Pattern Forage Cap & CDV Identified to Captain Willard C. Kinsley 39th Mass Died of Wounds 4/2/1865 The tall crown of this historic cap rises 6 1/2" in the back and flops forward at a sharp angle showing off a large bullet hole with corresponding hole at the rear of the cap. The piece has a distinctive crescent visor that tilts downward. The original narrow glazed leather chin strap is still fastened by small brass Massachusetts state staff buttons. The interior has the full deep maroon checkered Morocco leather sweatband and brown cotton lining both showing expected wear. The front of the sweatband and rear seam of the liner have come unstitched. The bullet entered the cap cutting through a paper label with illegible name and "Somerville Mass". The crown exhibits the embossed makers name "Ja's Y. Davis Washington D.C.". Overall condition of the wool body is excellent with a few moth holes.
    Included is a CDV with Chute Boston back mark, on which is inked "Willard C. Kinsley to his Aunt Susan".
    Accompanying the cap is a receipt from James Stamatelos dated 11/30/1979 stating the original ownership of the cap.
    Willard C. Kinsley a 25 year-old Brickmaker from Somerville Mass., enlisted on 4/19/1861 as a Private. On 5/1/1861 he mustered into Co. I, 5th Mass Infantry.
    He was Mustered Out on 7/31/1861 at Boston, MA.
    On 8/9/1862 he was commissioned into Co. E, 39th Mass Infantry as a 2nd Lieut. Promoted, 1st Lieut 11/13/1862 and Capt 3/30/1864. Wounded 3/31/1865 White Oak Road, VA
    He died of wounds on 4/2/1865.
    The 39th Mass Volunteer Infantry served with the Department of Washington D.C. and with the Army of the Potomac, with losses totaling 279.


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