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Billy Yank01 Apr 2013 11:25 a.m. PST

I was reading through the diary of one Private Robert Tyson, 47th Indiana Infantry today in the archives and came across an interesting note. On March 18 he reported being issued a new coal scuttle cap just outside of New Orleans, LA. Now, the most interesting thing is that this entry was not in 1862 or even 1863. It was 1864! So, the real question is who will sculpt federals in coal scuttle caps in 15mm…

Billy Yank

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2013 3:35 p.m. PST

Does it actually say coal scuttle "cap?"

Billy Yank02 Apr 2013 4:22 a.m. PST

it says, "COAL SCUTTLE HAT" [the uppercase is his]


donlowry02 Apr 2013 9:28 a.m. PST

What is that? Like Meade wore?

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2013 9:44 a.m. PST

The question has to be asked: what exactly does this guy mean by a coal scuttle hat?

Gaz the Bald Inactive Member02 Apr 2013 1:16 p.m. PST

He probably means a Whipple cap (see Google)

Billy Yank02 Apr 2013 1:28 p.m. PST

Yes, I think Gaz is correct. I think he is referring to a Whipple cap. As far as I know that is the only 19th Century American headgear also called a coal-scuttle hat. If someone can tell me otherwise, I'd appreciate the correction.

Billy Yank

Trajanus05 Apr 2013 1:56 a.m. PST

Definitely a Whipple. Never heard them spoken about that way but you can see the similarity.

Weirdest Civil War headgear and no mistake!


donlowry05 Apr 2013 9:22 a.m. PST

That's not a hat. It's a cap.

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