Many officers wore kepis which were similar in style to forage caps but were lower and had a straight visor. The tops of the kepis were also countersunk and had a rim. Tops of the kepis worn by Zouave and Chasseur officers would usually feature much gold trimming. McClellan style kepis favoured by many officers featured a square ducktail brim. Officers also wore forage caps, and the distinctive McDowell style of forage cap was particularly high in the crown. Some officers' kepis and forage caps were lined with silk. Hardee hats were regulation headwear for both officers and men; but like the soldiers, many officers found them uncomfortable to wear preferring wide brimmed slouch hats in the field.
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