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    Fine Civil War Slouch Hat Belonging To General John Henry Hobard Ward. In overall fine condition, this Civil War officer's slouch hat is blocked in the "Burnside" pattern, as illustrated in the 1864 Schuyler, Hartley & Graham catalog. The hat is constructed of fine wool felt with a 3/8" woven silk tape band along the bottom edge of the brim. The crown is 4 3/4" high, at the base is a 7/8" black silk hat band, gold bullion and black hat cord with large netted gold acorns. Tin backed insignia on the front with gold bullion embroidered "U.S." within wreath. A black silk cockade, with a staff officers button, mounted on the side, serves as a base for three ostrich feathers which curve around to the back of the hat. Attached to the turn-up on the side of the hat is a fine Hardee officer's hat insignia of black velvet with bullion embroidered eagle with wings highlighted with sequins, in perfect condition. Both pieces of insignia unquestionably original to the hat and are held fast with small leather thongs. There is no sweatband in the hat, although the threads which once held it are in place.
    John Henry Hobard Ward was born in New York city June 17, 1823. He enlisted in the 7th U.S. Infantry in 1841. appointed sergeant major in August, 1845. During the Mexican war he participated in he siege of Fort Brown and battles of Monterey, Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo and Huamantla. Upon his return to New York, he was appointed assistant commissary-general of New York and promoted to commissary- general in 1855. At the commencement of the Civil War he recruited the 38th New York Infantry, and was its first colonel. He took part in the first battle of Bull Run in which his regiment lost 126 men, and participated in all of the battles of the Peninsula, including Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Glendale and Malvern Hill. When the army returned from the Peninsula he was engaged in the battles of the second Bull Run, Groverton and Chantilly, and on October 4, 1862 was promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers. He was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, commanded the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Auburn Mills and during the first day at Gettysburg. On the second and third days at Gettysburg, Kelly's Ford and Wapping Heights he was in command of the 1st Division. He commanded a brigade at Mine Run, Locust Grove, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and a number of smaller campaigns, and was mustered out of service July 21, 1864.
    The hat was acquired directly from the descendents of John Henry Hobard Ward in 1998.
    Accompanying the hat is a letter of authenticity from noted textile authority Les Jensen.

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    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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