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Object Name: Officer's cap
Date: ca. 1862
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Medium: Wool, other textile, patent leather, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. ( 14 x 26.7 x 17.1 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Officer's cap with dark blue wool felt crown which is soft, cylindrical, tapered, and angled forward, with a rigid circular top; "U.S." embroidered in silver between branches of laurel embroidered in gold on front; rigid black patent leather visor which is flat and somewhat rectangular; black patent leather chinstrap secured at either side by gilded brass button embossed with shield-breasted eagle, the shield bearing the initial "I"; black silk lining padded with fleece.
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Colonel William Packer Prentice
Object Number: 1926.79a
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Marks: embroidered: on front: "U.S." maker's label: inside top of crown: "ST NICHOLAS HOTEL / No. 519 B-WAY / NEW YORK / WARNOCK & Co." in relief: on chinstrap buttons: "I"

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According to the accession records, this cap was worn by William Packer Prentice during the American Civil War. Packer was commissioned as assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of captain of volunteers, on November 26, 1861 and was promoted to the rank of major on September 2, 1862, and became lieutenant-colonel and adjutant-general of the Tenth Army Corps and chief of staff to Major-General Ormsby McKnight Mitchell in October, 1862. He resigned from the army on December 23, 1862.