Civil War Enlisted McDowell Pattern 'Bummers" Cap
A distinctive version of the 1858 forage cap with a tall body, and a short, rounded, unbound visor. Referred to as the “McDowell” after Major General Irvin McDowell, who led the Union Army at 1st Bull Run, and favored this style cap. Popular early in the war, this example is in overall fine condition! The body has some minor moth nips but is in much better shape than most wartime worn hats I see. The chinstrap has both keepers and metal slider with rimless eagle enlisted side buttons and the leather visor has minor surface wear only. The interior has a cotton padded lining with sweat stains but little damage. This manufacturer chose to fully pad the lining so no it never had a sweatband. The paper makers label is long gone.
100% original and scarce Civil War cap, the ‘crusher’ of it’s day!