Real Civil War slouch hats have always been hard to find. Of those that survived many are full dress affairs that had no practical use after the war. This one is a rare survivor, showing wear and use commensurate with actual service in the field. The crown is slightly pushed in, something seen in countless photos of Civil War officers in the field. The ribbon around the base of the crown is in place and mostly complete though with some wear at the front where the knot of the officer’s hat cord rubbed against it. The officer’s hat cord shows use as well, with some oxidation, and the fragile black netting over the gold acorn ends is long gone, as should be expected. The central slide on the cord is also gone and the officer simply knotted the cord to keep it in place.