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    Jean-Cloth Forage Cap Belonging to Roswell G. Adams, Co C 16th Mass. Vols. Civil War Forage Cap produced with a jean-cloth body showing moderate wear but no damage. Crown exhibits a 5/8" silver letter "C" obviously original to the cap. Above the company letter are small holes from regimental numerals, now missing. Chinstrap and side buttons are detached, easily repaired. Lightly inked on the reverse of the chin strap "R.G. Adams". Original tarred visor now with a pebbled surface. Tightly stitched intact soft black leather sweat band measuring 1 1/2", showing moderate edge wear but nothing serious. Retains all of the original brown polished cotton lining showing some minor wear. Nice example of a jean-cloth forage cap showing honest even wear.
    This cap surfaced in a Boston area estate Spring, 2013. With it was its detached chinstrap bearing the name "R.G. Adams" on the reverse. Mass records show only five men named "R. Adams", three of whom have different middle initials, and one has no middle initial listed but served in Co. I of a regiment designated with a single digit. The only possible candidate is thus Roswell G. Adams who both served in the 16rth Mass, and in Company C.
    Adams resided in Lunenburg and was a 21 year old "Yeoman" when he enlisted as a private on 7/2/1861, and mustered into Co C of the 16th Mass that day. He was discharged for disability on 9/28/62 at Phila. Pa. During Adams' period of service the regiment served in Grover's Brigade of Heintzelman's Third Corps, seeing severe action and heavy losses on the Peninsula at Williamsburg Road, June 18, 1862, Oak Grove, and Glendale. At Second Bull Run, Aug. 29, the brigade made a famous bayonet charge that overran two Confederate lines on the railroad embankment at Groverton, before being stopped by a third.

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    December, 2014
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