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U.S. Regular Infantry Officer’s Cloth Kepi Insignia, out of Texas (SOLD,TA)

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This is truly an interesting piece being offered, it is rare, embroidered infantry hunting horn insignia with old English letters “U.S.” within loop. This was designated for officers in the U.S. Army Regulars. It measures 2 ½” x 1 ¾” and is in almost relic condition. This is part of several pieces which were found in Tyler, Texas many years ago.

During the Civil War, Tyler was the site of the largest Confederate ordnance (artillery) plant in Texas, and in 1863 a large Confederate prison camp, known as Camp Ford, was built four miles to the northeast. The camp held as many as 6,000 prisoners and required 1,500 guards in the latter years of the war (see pictures).

The other pieces in the display case where this item came out of, were all dug relics. I doubt this insignia was in the ground, but possibly from an area that had some shelter with it. Being that 6,000 Union prisoners passed through this area, it may have come from an officer’s lost or discarded hat.

These Regular Army insignias are very rare because there were not that many to begin with. I have seen them in nice condition going for over $700.00. Also, you never see any type of cloth insignias in somewhat relic condition being found. The insignia is a little wavy and faded, but it is not unraveling, and it is stable. Any Texas artifacts are extremely rare, and seldom hit the market. It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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