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Object Name HAT
Catalog Number 0985.12.00014
Description Hat: Western style with a flat crown and broad brim of brown-grey felt; white string hatcord and no sweatband; in red on front: "TERRYS" in arc over five-point star, "TEXAS" between the points of star, and "R" in center.
Dimensions H-3.5 W-5 inches
Owned Clement Newton Bassett; Fred Buckley
Owner Regiment 8th Texas Cavalry, Co. H, "Terry's Texas Rangers"
Event Carolinas Campaign
Provenance The hat was worn by Fred Buckley until discharged. Buckley gave the hat to Private Clement Newton Bassett, who wore it for the remainder of the war while a member of Co. H, 8th Texas Cavalry, "Terry's Texas Rangers." The hat exhibits a bullet hole received February 21st, 1865 at Akin, SC, wounding Bassett. "The hat having a heavy twisted silk band around it representing a snake also a silver ornament where the head and tail of the snake crossed. The bullet struck the silver ornament going through it, also the band and the hat. Breaking the skull and lodging against the membrane of the brain from which place it was extracted. The ornament band and hat certainly being as hard to shoot through as an inch plank. The hat saved my life for if I had have had on an ordinary hat the bullet would have passed through the head killing me instantly."
People Bassett, Clement Newton
Buckley, Fred
Search Terms items pierced by bullets
items that stopped bullets
Carolinas Campaign
Sherman's March from the Sea
Subjects headgear
Life saving