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    Incredibly Historic Forage Cap Worn by a Private Soldier of the 23rd U.S. Colored Troops, Together with His Image. This commercial quality headgear with its distinctive flat, bound leather visor was worn by Pvt. George Washington, Co. D, 23rd U.S.C.T. The dark blue cap is without any insignia and has its original chin strap and general service side buttons. The dark brown sweatband is complete and the interior lining is whole although split in a number of places. Overall the cap shows honest period wear and is sound, with some very minor moth nips. In the interior top is carefully inked in clear, bold letters "G. Washinton" [sic]. With the cap is a trimmed sixth plate tintype of Washington standing ¾ length in his infantry frock coat, issue trousers and what appears to be this exact forage cap. The uncased, unframed image is sharp with fair contrast. It has some negligible emulsion damage and several small bends. With the set is Washington's original "Application for Certificate of Honorable Service" completed after the war when he resided of New Hope, Bucks County, Pa. Records show that Washington enlisted in June, 1864 and was discharged with the regiment at Brazos de Santiago, Texas in November, 1865. Fighting with the IX and XXV Corps, the unit lost 86 officers and men killed and mortally wounded in battle. Uniform material and equipment used by Black soldiers during the Civil War are practically non-existent and this forage cap may be the only known example of headgear used by an enlisted man of the United States Colored Troops. A very historic item.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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