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    Commercially Produced Civil War Officer's Forage Cap Identified to Lieut. William Sexton 83rd Illinois Infantry. Fine deep blue wool cap stands 2 1/2" at the front, shows a few small moth holes and tar stains. Two 1/8" black, worsted wool bands around the top of the base. Two bands vertically at front, back and both sides. One band around the edge of the crown and two bounds forming quatrefoil in the center of the crown. Piping all sound and tight. Tarred leather visor with stitched oilcloth edging. Cuff size eagle buttons and 1/2" thin leather chinstrap with two brass buckles. The interior of the hat exhibits a soiled black silk lining showing wear, about 80% remaining. The brown thin leather sweatband measures 1 3/4", stitching has come loose for 7" but is complete. A nice example of an untouched well-used cap.
    Accompanying the cap are approximately 400-500 Quartermaster requisitions, monthly returns, lists of stores, etc from the 83rd Illinois dated 1864 and 1865 from various locations, all in excellent condition. Also with the group is an 1870's family photo album and William Sexton's diaries dating from the 1850's to the 1890's but missing the war years.
    William H. Sexton was mustered into Company "D" 83rd Illinois infantry on 8/21/1862, promoted to Sergeant 1/4/1863, Quartermaster Sergeant 5/16/1863, 1st Lieutenant & Quartermaster 2/7/1864. He mustered out on 6/26/1865.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    13th Saturday
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