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Sheldon Brown's Kepi

Possibly my favorite hat is a dark green reproduction of a kepi worn by Irish-American units in the War of the Rebellion. I got this from an online dealer called "The Book Guy." It is made of wool and leather, and is supposed to be quite authentic. It certainly looks it to me. I like it a lot.

This reflects two different aspects of my heritage:

One of my great-great grandfathers, Oliver Bliss (1833-1893) of North Brookfield, Massachusetts fought for the Union at Antietam (and his younger brother Henry died there.)

Although he was of Yankee/English extraction, either 3/8 (or at least 5/16) of my genes come from the Auld Sod, hence the green.

What was the real cause of the Slavery War? Click here.

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