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Offline Eagle Eyes Jefferson

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1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« on: January 18, 2009, 08:11:37 pm »
For any one interested in the Spanish-American War, click on the link below for some pictures of troops in uniform. Note the variety of creases for the campaign hats. Good detail in the photos. Enjoy!!

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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009, 07:09:48 am »
Great Photos EE.   Thanks
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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2009, 08:34:36 am »
I just purchased a campaign hat for my Span-Am War persona from Knudson's Hats.  He makes a good hat but would not put in the star or snowflake patern vent holes in the crown.

Anyone out there with a patern or diagam I can use to punch the holes in the side of the crown?
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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009, 09:45:02 am »
I have printed some of these up to add to my binder.
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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2009, 09:49:56 am »
Hey Grapeshot,
I beleive in the pictures I posted there is a hat done by Dirty Billy's that shows a closeup of the snowflake vent. I just looked, there are two examples, closeups of the vents, on page 3.

Hope this helps,

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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2009, 09:20:27 pm »
Great stuff, I feel like a fool that I didn't see that there as I post there from time to time...

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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2009, 06:45:03 am »
I did find it interesting that in the majority of photos, the troopers when in their blue wool shirts, did not have the white suspenders that you always see in reenacting units. There were some white, some dark, and most were not visible. There were also some leather belts worn around the waist that were not equipment/utility belts.


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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2009, 06:56:33 am »
EE, I noticed that also.   I guess it's because that we are "trained Observers".
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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2009, 07:59:22 am »
Yeah TL, either that or we're just naturally nosey!!!!

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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2009, 08:42:56 am »
Probably Both!!
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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2009, 10:23:22 pm »
Probably for the same reason that re-enactors have have what the books and manuals state (and not always what you see in period photos). For example, I know almost all US WW2 re-enactors have to have should patches, rank isnginia and those leather straps on the helmet liners when period photos clearly show that most GI's never had any of those three things in combat...

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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2009, 05:31:57 pm »
"No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection."
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Re: 1898 campaign hat and uniform photos
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2009, 09:35:07 pm »
Frenchie,  I learned early that the more "jelly beans" showing the more "incoming" experienced. Many Confederate officers removed the French knots from their sleeves and Grant wore a private's shell jacket for this very reason. I concur with your observation that no combat ready outfit would pass inspection. Heck, many of us of the 10th MG couldn't pass an inspection when not combat ready. Oh well, I didn't train for inspections anyway. Buggers aren't usually impressed by spit-shined boots at all.