Civil War Kapi

Zest4Canada Reproduce US Civil Kepi , a type of reproduction cap widely used during the American Civil War (1861-1865). It became a distinctive part of the uniform worn by soldiers on both the Union and Confederate sides. The kepi was a variation of the French forage cap and had a flat, circular top with a visor or brim in the front.

Here are some key features of the US Civil War kepi:

Material: Kepis were typically made of wool, with a band of a different color or material around the base. The color of the kepi and the band often indicated the soldier's branch of service (infantry, artillery, cavalry) or specific regiment.

Visor: The kepi had a short, rounded visor in the front to shield the eyes from the sun and rain. The visor was often made of black leather.

Insignia: Soldiers often decorated their kepis with insignia, including regimental numbers, state emblems, and other symbols denoting rank or unit affiliation.

Chin Strap: Many kepis featured a chin strap to help secure the cap on the soldier's head during movement. The chin strap was usually made of leather or fabric.

Peak: The top of the kepi was flat and sometimes slightly domed. Some versions had a small button at the center of the crown.

Color and Design: The color of the kepi varied widely, but Union kepis were often blue, while Confederate kepis were gray or butternut. The design also varied, with some kepis having a more tapered appearance.

The kepi was a practical and functional piece of headgear that offered some protection from the elements while maintaining a distinct military appearance. It is now a symbol associated with the American Civil War and is often used in reenactments and historical displays.