Class Year

2019

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-5-2016

Department

Civil War Institute

Abstract

Military headgear is a fascinating topic. It exists on a spectrum from the gaudy to the protective, but how did headgear evolve with the military? Interestingly, changes from the decorative to the practical can be examined through this blog’s favorite topic, the 1800s and the American Civil War. By tracing key changes in American military headgear in the 1800s, ideas about the nature of war, as well as how the United States was distancing itself from Europe, become clear.

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This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.

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