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    Confederate Officer's Kepi From South Carolina, 6.75" x 8.5", with a high crown consisting of light blue wool trimmed conservatively with gray braid. A 1.75" dark blue wool band circles the base and carries an embroidered device consisting of a laurel wreath enclosing "SC". The visor is of black patent leather with a green underside. A brown leather sweatband and cotton lining are inside the kepi. The crown shows some mothing, otherwise the wool elements are sound. Some crazing to the visor, moderate interior staining and wear. Overall a very presentable example of Confederate junior officer's headgear with good color and an interesting history. A photocopied letter of provenance from the North Missouri Historical Society accompanies the kepi. According to the letter, the kepi was acquired at an Iowa estate auction that had several Civil War items that had been brought home by a Union veteran. The letter's author, Jerry Davis, writes in part: "...I tried to piece together the story as best I could where his unit would have encountered a South Carolina cavalry unit and the most likely cavalry unit would have been the 6th South Carolina Cavalry called the 'Dixie Rangers' assigned to Butler's brigade. The oral history of the kepie (sp) is that the Union caught the Confederates asleep and captured them without a fight."

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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