Identified to a Soldier in Co. “F” 2nd West Virginia Infantry.
Introduced in 1889, this olive drab wool campaign hat became the pattern used in the army until 1912 with little change. This hat was used by a soldier in the 2nd West Virginia Infantry during the Spanish American War; identified to Walter T. Landis. The scrap of paper with his information was found in the sweat band.
The 1896 screw back insignia, 2nd Corps Badge, and 1899 white infantry hat cord are original to the hat. A little fake pearl pin has been inserted into the bow on the silk banding. Landis, presumably, did the art work of the snake in red ink and black ink writing, “WV, (“Snake” image), Hunter.”
The hat is totally correct, fitting the 1889 specs, three rows of stitching on brim, snowflake vents, etc.
Condition overall is very good, some soiling and light wear, no moth damage visible. The sweat band is complete, but stitching has come loose in several areas. I have chosen not to look to hard for contract markings not wanting to do anymore damage. No size label, but would guess about a 7.
The 2nd West Virginia was mustered into service on June 25, 1898, at Camp Atkinson then on to Camp Meade in Pennsylvania where it stayed for several months. After several months moved to Camp Witherell, South Carolina until it mustered out of service on April of 1899.
Getting hard to find these old campaign hats with little wear, that actually have a history.