Cavalry Hat Insignia

Below is a typical infantry hat insignia. It has two inverted crossed sabers. Above the sabers is a number. This is the number of the cavalry regiment. Below the crossed sabers is a letter indicating the specific troop (comparible to a company) in the regiment. This is the hat insignia of the 1st U.S. Cavalry, Troop G.

The 1st U.S. Cavalry, Troop. G. served in Cuba, fighting at Las Guasimas and San Juan Hill (where they operated near the Rough Riders). At San Juan Hill, Troop G had two men killed and 4 wounded. The entire regiment suffered 12 killed and 47 wounded. Troop G was commanded by Capt. Wainwright.


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Clerk of Joint Committee on Printing, The Abridgement of Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. Vol. 3, (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899), 340-341.

Field, Ron, Spanish-American War 1898. . (Washington: Brasseys Inc., 1998), 59. (This is the source of the image).

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