Item Details

Forage cap, Bible and camp blanket, once owned by Joseph R. Horton. Horton enlisted on 22 August 1862, at Pultney, NY, to serve three years. He mustered in as a musician, in Company A, 161st Infantry Regiment, on 18 September 1862; and transferred to the Veteran Reserves Corp on 17 June 1864.

The 1849 Bible was once owned by Sarah Horton (the sister of Joseph R.?), who was presented the book with this inscription: “Presented to Sarah Horton By J. C. Mallory. Savona, Feb. 1853. ‘Search the Scripture.'” Her name also appears on the back endpaper. An inscription is written on the front endpaper. Mallory’s name is inscribed in a following page. Horton’s name, place of enlistment, and company as well as regiment are inscribed within, also including on one of the back pages.

The camp blanket–standard dark brown stripes on a light brown backdrop–has Horton’s initials woven in, with green yarn.

The forage cap is a standard Federal hat with New York buttons: Without insignia and no noticeable inscriptions. The lining is a brown polished cotton cloth, quilted in a diamond pattern at the top. The leather visor is bound at the edges and has a green underside. And the chinstrap is black leather.