ULTRA RARE 1876 PATTERN US ARMY CAMPAIGN HAT. Adopted in 1876, this black felt hat became symbolic of the Army on the western frontier and today is one of the most highly prized pcs of military headgear. It has a brim measuring approx 2-3/4″ wide with the edge turned and sewn with two rows of stitching. The crown measures approx 6″ high. There are metal vents in the left and right sides of the crown. This hat comes complete with an 1858 worsted Cav. hat cord and brass 1872 crossed sabers.
Image of Company I of the 7th Wisconsin taken in 1862 in Virginia. The 7th was part of the famous "Iron Brigade," or as the Confederates called them "That damn Black Hat Brigade" in reference to the black Hardee hats that they wore. While the all western brigade would fight throughout the entire war, their original membership was devastated at the Battle of Gettysburg and never quite recovered.