22 April 2008 by Published in: General musings 15 comments

Several years ago, I won a new blue baseball cap from the Civil War Preservation Trust. It’s one of my favorite hats; I can be seen wearing it here.

A couple of years ago, I decided to do something special with the hat. I decided to start collecting pins from Civil War battlefields and to display them on the hat. I’ve always liked the pins, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with them. Finally, I stumbled on the idea of wearing them on the hat, and a new tradition was born. It seems like a good way to honor the wonderful preservation work done by the CWPT, particularly since so many battlefields have benefited from the good work being done by the CWPT.

At the moment, I have the following pins on the hat:

1. Gettysburg National Military Park
2. Antietam National Battlefield
3. Monocacy National Battlefield
4. Richmond National Battlefields
5. Petersburg National Battlefields
6. Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park
7. Fredericksburg Battlefield
8. Chancellorsville Battlefield
9. Spotsylvania Battlefield
10. Pamplin Park
11. Museum of the Confederacy
12. Bentonville Battleground
13. Averasboro Battlefield (thanks, Wade Sokolosky)
14. United States of America

Michael Aubrecht, who lives in Fredericksburg, has agreed to get me a Wilderness Battlefield pin (they were out last June when I purchased the other Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania pins at the Chancellorsville VC). There are obviously many more that I need; I have none at all from the Western Theater. The fun will be visiting the battlefields to collect the pins.

I’ve started doing the same thing for Revolutionary War battlefields with a hat that I bought at Valley Forge last year. So far, I only have two pins: Valley Forge and Guilford Court House. I have a VERY long way to go with the Revolutionary War pins.

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  1. Tue 22nd Apr 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Excellent idea Eric. You’ve inspired me to copy you.

  2. Tue 22nd Apr 2008 at 10:31 pm

    What? No Battle of Aldie….

  3. Tue 22nd Apr 2008 at 10:39 pm


    Be my guest. And have fun with it.


  4. Tue 22nd Apr 2008 at 10:40 pm


    I’ve never seen a pin for any of the battles in the Loudoun Valley. Trust me, if such a thing existed, it would be on my hat. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Tue 22nd Apr 2008 at 11:44 pm

    My pleasure to add to your collection my friend. I too have been inspired and thus have decided to war a hat with pins commemorating the cola wars. So far I have Pepsi and Coke… wait a minute… Yes… I think I’m done! Wow, that was easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Tue 22nd Apr 2008 at 11:45 pm

    BTW: war = wear. Sorry, itโ€™s late and Iโ€™m too tired to spell check.

  7. Wed 23rd Apr 2008 at 8:14 am

    Guess we’ll have to make a pin for Loudoun Valley… and one for Balls Bluff while we are at it. We’ll sell the Balls Bluff pin at the new, handicapped accessible visitors center on site. Can’t miss it. It’s the structure with the blue walls and white roof.

  8. Randy
    Wed 23rd Apr 2008 at 1:44 pm


    I appreciate your post regarding pins since it gives me an idea for our battlefield (Goldsborough Bridge). We already have T-Shirts for sale which will appear on our website soon; a pin or patch would be a great addition to our small online and event gift shop. Not so much for the money but for the exposure. By the way, my wife and I do a similar thing with patches. We collect patches from places we visit with our camper and she sews them onto a green felt banner that we hang on our camper canopy. Might want to start on pins next!


  9. Wed 23rd Apr 2008 at 2:40 pm


    The pin should show the Ball’s Bluff visitor’s center on the pin. That would make it truly unique. ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. Wed 23rd Apr 2008 at 2:41 pm


    I would be more than happy to have a pin for your battlefield for my hat.


  11. dan
    Wed 23rd Apr 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I don’t see the Carter House on your list!!
    …or Carnton, either!

  12. dan
    Wed 23rd Apr 2008 at 9:48 pm


  13. Wed 23rd Apr 2008 at 10:23 pm


    Stupidly, I forgot to buy one when we were at the Carter House. I could absolutely kick myself for forgetting. Dumb ass.

    I will see about getting a pic posted for you.


  14. Paul Taylor
    Sun 27th Apr 2008 at 5:32 pm


    I’ll be at Shiloh in mid-June. I can score one of their pins if you’d like.


  15. Sat 09th Mar 2013 at 9:51 am

    the closer you are to the target the closer you are to victory!

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