DescriptionForage Cap with Original 2nd Corps Badge and Regimental Insignia of the 140th Pa Infantry This standard forage cap was worn by an unknown member of Co. C, 140th Pa. Vol. Infantry, a unit that saw service with the Army of the Potomac. The crown is decorated with a hand cut 2nd Corps badge upon which is affixed a "1" brass letter "C". Below the badge are 5/8" brass numerals "140." Insignia unquestionably original to the cap. The body of the cap shows moderate moth damage. The original chin strap is attached by means of the small eagle side buttons which remain on each end. The black leather sweatband is intact and the interior shows honest use.
Accompanying the cap is a letter dated 9-25-79 relating the original 1973 purchase of the cap at a public auction of a family named Cooper at Washington, Pa. There are four Coopers in the regiment. None listed in Company C, though further research might reveal a transfer between companies or a connection of the Cooper family to a soldier in that unit.
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