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DixiePiobaire

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The pic below shows General Pleasonton's Staff at Warrenton Virginia in 1863 .. the gentleman seated at our right is Captain Henry B Hays, 6th US Cavalry .. what struck me was that he's wearing a hat that would appear to be some years ahead of its time, given the creased crown, and the curled wide brim .. at first I wondered whether he might be a captured Confederate Officer .. but no, he was a good Pennsylvania man. Looking at his jacket .. with a good deal of non-regulation braid .. and the highly polished Boots .. it would seem that Capt. Hayes was something of a Dandy in the manner of Custer! 

I found out that his actual military records are relatively mundane by standards of the time .. but his record in his own, and some of his friends', post-war 'recollections' see him everywhere, and only a mite short of a MofH !! 

PleasontonStaff1863.jpg HenryBHayes1863.jpg    

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Nice find Dixie, the guy standing to our left of the gap in the back line also appears to have a nice 3 corner pinch on his hat. Sadly the habit of tilting your hat back to allow light to fall on your face for pictures has denied us the ability to see many a hat crown pinch or crease.
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Well I've carried on wading through some 50 plus original pics from The War Between The States .. and there does seem to have been a variety of creasings around.

This one is General William Gamble and Staff .. the General is sporting as sharp a 'fore and aft' as you'd find

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Whilst Maj Sawyer and his Staff .. though mostly Kepi'd .. have one hat that's side creased much like the one 'Sugarfoot' used to wear in the TV series ...

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One interesting things that's become obvious from going through all these pics is that local Fashion played a greater part than one might have imagined. In many cases, the style of hat adopted by the most senior Guy seems to be echoed by his staff .. best example .. Ambrose Burnside wore a very high 'sugarloaf' sort of hat .. quite distinctive .. and so did several of his Staff.

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