RARE early Civil War Hardee hat worn as a slouch hat, Rhode Island staff officer !

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Very rare piece of headgear with the equally rare Rhode Island officer insignia–same as on this well documented kepi [https://history.army.mil/news/2013/130808a_kepi.html](https://history.army.mil/news/2013/130808a_kepi.html)

Rhode Island staff officer hat, a regulation Civil War Union M1858 Hardee that clearly was worn as a slouch hat by an early War officer. Fresh from the Brimfield, Massachusetts antique extravaganza! Two minor breaks in the crown and missing the original sweat band; original “Army Hat” label intact. If you like Little Rhody stuff, well….

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