U.S. Army Engineers Officer's Field Grade Dress Cap or Visor belonging to Brigadier General Eben Eveleth Winslow (1866-1928). Circa 1910. Dark blue wool hat with gold chin strap, gold strap buttons, and leather visor adorned with gold leaves. Cap insignia is a gold U.S. Seal and gold leaves indicating the cap is for field-grade officers. Cap braid is bordered on both sides with gold and a thick red stripe flanked by thin white stripes; indicating a U.S. Army Engineers cap. Interior applied initials E.E.W (part of W is missing) and stamp for S.M. Meyer suppliers, Washington, D.C. 10" Diameter. Note: This hat descended in the family of Eben Eveleth Winslow (1866-1928), who continued his family's tradition of patriotic service through his distinguished career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Unlike his famous grandfather, Rear Admiral John Ancrum Winslow, and his short-lived father, Paymaster William R. Winslow (1844-1869), E.E. Winslow was an army man. He graduated first in his class from The United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1889 and received his commission as a second lieutenant of engineers. He served with Company B of the Battalion of Army Engineers stationed at Ft. Totten, NY, constructed harbor defenses in the Port of Mobile in Alabama and was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1894. He served on the West Point faculty as assistant instructor of practical military engineering prior to joining Company E, Battalion of Engineers for service in the Spanish American War. He took part in the Battle of San Juan Hill and was afterward promoted to Captain in 1898. Winslow's work with river and harbor fortifications took him to Wilmington, NC, Norfolk, VA, and Memphis, Tennessee, where he met and married the novelist and poet Anne Goodwin Winslow. In 1906 he was assigned to the Washington Barracks as commandant of the United States Army Engineer School and commander of the post. He received a promotion to major in 1906 and to assistant to the Chief of Engineers in 1907. He went on to command harbor and river fortifications in Oahu, Hawaii and the Panama Canal zone, was promoted to Colonel in 1917 and to temporary Brigadier General in 1917. His service during World War I earned him the Army Distinguished Service Medal. Following the end of the war, Winslow returned to his permanent rank of colonel. After working for awhile on the coastal fortifications of San Francisco Bay, he retired to Memphis, where he and his wife had taken residence at her ancestral home, which came to be known as Goodwinslow. He died there in 1928 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1930, the U.S. Congress passed legislation allowing the general officers of World War I to retire at their highest rank and Winslow was posthumously promoted to brigadier general on the retired list. Goodwinslow remained in the family of E.E. and Anne Winslow's direct descendants until it was sold earlier this year. Many of the family's historic possessions were also dispersed, including this lot, which is one of several related items in this auction. This lot will include a copy of a notarized provenance letter from the direct descendant of General Winslow.
Cap with overall use wear, some light staining to top, small losses to inner rim and leather visor.
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Private Tennessee collection, acquired from Winslow family descendant in March, 2023.