U.S. Army soldiers often preferred a hat on campaign, and the 1st Minnesota was no different on the Gettysburg campaign.  Photographs of U.S. troops in non-military hats show a surprising consistency in general size, style, and color, which is not well represented among reenactors today.  These modest black “beehive” or “plug” hats have narrow brims and short crowns, and while they have never been popular in the hobby, are a perfect option for Yankee impressions.  Made by J.T. Ferrell, the lightweight felt used for these hats is much closer to the original material than what has often been used in reproductions.

Citizen’s Hat - - 1st Minnesota