This “Hardee” hat, a United States Army Model 1858 dress hat, belonged to Gold Tompkins Curtis of the 5th Minnesota Regiment, Company K. Curtis was mustered in as Captain of his company on April 30, 1862 and held that post until his death from dysentery in St. Louis, Missouri on July 24, 1862. The black felt hat has a silk hatband and a plume of two black ostrich feathers with a brass button.
- See additional photos and information on the hat in the Collections Online record.
- See more information on Gold Tompkins Curtis and family in the Finding Aid for their papers.
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Citation: US Army officer’s Model 1858 uniform hat. 6844.2. Minnesota Historical Society.