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Meeting of November 15, 2022

Chuck Seekamp on “The Iron Hat Brigade”

The Iron Hat Brigade was an infantry brigade in the Army of the Potomac made up of regiments from Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The term “iron hat” referred to both the distinctive black hats they wore, and to their fighting prowess. They fought in the Second battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, and suffered the highest casualty rates of any Civil War brigade.

Chuck Seekamp first became interested in history in the 8th grade, thanks to a good teacher. He is an active member of the National Civil War Association and the North Bay Civil War Round Table.