Union Forage Cap, Civil War Head Gear, 84th N.Y.
Infantry Insignia, 14th Regiment,
Unknown Maker, 1861-1865
A nice example of officer’s hat, complete sweatband,
lining and braid type strap
We note that the chin strap was likely changed by the owner post-war.
This forage cap purportedly belonged to Colonel Edward B. Fowler commander of the 84th New York, 14 Infantry
Regiment. It is said that the hat remained in the family by decent and has his signature on band although very faint, iledgeable.
By history the hat was worn by Colonel Fowler at Gettysburg. If not actually worn during combat it was most assuredly with him as
part of his gear.
The 84th /14th fought in almost every campaign from 1861-64 including:
1st and 2nd Bull Run
Battle of the Wilderness
In the early hours of 2 July 1863, the 14th Brooklyn was called down to the slope of Culp's Hill. Lt. John J. Cantine,
one of General Greene's aides, met the regiment and guided Col. Edward B. Fowler and the regiment to its position on the
right of Greene's line. As Cantine led Fowler by some trees, a soldier stepped from the darkness and demanded Cantine's
surrender. Cantine dismounted from his horse and Fowler drew his pistol, and then there were a dozen or so shots from the woods.
Fowler hurried back to the regiment and formed it facing the woods. Fowler then called for volunteers to scout the woods and
report back, who may be at his front. Two men, musician John Cox and Sgt. James McQuire of company I, responded and
disappeared into the woods or, as one 14th Brooklyn Member recounts "in the teeth of flank fire", to find out who was there.
Cox returned with the word that McQuire had been wounded and that the troops in their front of them belonged to the 10th Virginia
Regiment. Colonel Fowler then ordered the regiment to fire a volley and thus charged his regiment into the woods. Hand-to-hand
fighting began, and the 14th Pushed the Virginians out of the woods and sent them into a retreat. Colonel Fowler lead his men
all 3-days at Gettysburg, they were one of the first to arrive to relieve General Buford on the first day, being thrown into
combat against the confederates almost immediately. They then went on to defend Culps Hill sustaining the loss of 67% of the
regiment. Fowler was wounded but survived the war.
Vonnie Zullo researched and prepared Fowler’s service records which accompany the hat. Overall condition is excellent with minor
imperfections being constant with age and use.
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