Identified to Corporal Edmund B. Barnett Co. “I” 5th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
This is a great example of an Spanish American War regulation campaign hat identified to Corporal Edmond B. Barnett, of Somerset, Pennsylvania. He was a member of Co. “I”- 5th Penn. Volunteer Infantry. It is also identified to the the I Corps, 3rd Division with the bold addition of the blue wool 1st Corps badge sewn directly to Barnett’s Cap. One the front is the regimental number 7/16″ brass “5” and an 1875 pin back lead filled infantry cap insignia.
Using a booklet (NOT FOR SALE) entitled, “Commemorating The 50th Anniversary of the War With Spain / China Relief Expedition / Philippine Insurrection.” published By Shamokin New – Dispatch Print, C-1950. I have photographed Barnett featured on a page showing his photograph in uniform, wearing this hat. and the page that mentioned the USWV Post in Somerset, Pa, was named for him.
The hat is in fine condition, inside and out. Barnett has written his complete identification inside the crown. The fore and aft crease has been sewn together about three quarters of the way back from the front to keep the crease tight when wearing. Three rows of stitching on the brim edge. Just light soiling overall.
The 5th Pennsylvania was mustered into Federal service, and sent to Camp Thomas, Georgia, where disease broke out causing the 5th to move to another camp near by for a brief time, then sent to Lexington, Ky at Camp Hamilton. In August the fighting had stopped, and the regiment was given 30 days furlough, and then returned to Headquarters, Altoona, Pa, and discharged from service.