The forage cap was introduced just in time to become the signature headgear of the Civil War sold
Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/17/2010
In 1855 Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was instrumental in the creation of two regiments of cavalry. It was recommended that the cavalry have a distinctive hat; it is sometimes called the Jeff Davis hat. It also was referred to as the Hardee hat, after William Joseph Hardee, an officer of the 2nd Cavalry...