The kepi is similar to the forage cap. It was copied from the French officer's hat.
Enlisted Man's Forage Cap, Model 1858
Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/23/2010
The forage cap was introduced just in time to become the signature headgear of the Civil War soldier. This model was the most popular worn by the Union army, officers and enlisted men alike.