A Beautiful Glittering Lie
One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

What does 'kepi' mean?

Find out what kepi means. Kepi is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

kepi

Type of hat worn by soldiers during the Civil War. The kepi was a cap that had an upturned bill, and was similar to a forage cap.

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the word "kepi" is used as follows:

(Page 36)
Following the ceremony, each officer was given a bouquet of flowers, and to each enlistee, a newly constructed Confederate uniform was distributed. The jackets were gray homespun wool with a row of nine shiny brass buttons down the front. Kepis were allotted as headwear, and brogans for footwear. Every man was instructed to bring his own firearm and ammunition if possible, as well as knives and hygienic items. The pastor dispersed small Testaments, blessing each soldier while he went down the line, while telling them that they were not only expected to learn duty to their country, but also how to fight the great moral battle of life. The recruits were then ordered to return in four days to the Huntsville Depot for departure. Before the evening’s festivities ended, members of the new company exchanged vows with each other, stating that they would protect one another like brethren “to the death.”

(Page 72)
The foot soldiers set off, marching throughout the day and all night, until they were finally allowed to sleep, but only for two hours. At daylight, they resumed their march, continuing on through the day, from the Shenandoah through Ashby’s Gap across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their uniforms were beginning to show signs of wear, in that shoes and wool coats had sprouted holes, kepis, forage caps, and Egyptian-style havelocks were beginning to fray, and rations were becoming sparse.

(Page 159)
“I’ve set my sights on some fine gals in this town,” one of them was saying as he tilted the kepi back on his head, and lit his pipe.

(Page 170)
McClellan’s army occupied Yorktown. Hiram’s regiment was bivouacked among George Washington’s old breastworks, which were still plainly visible. Many expressed pride in fighting for their liberty, just as the patriots of the Revolution had done. Because they were without utensils, the men resorted to cooking “Indian style” by placing dough on peeled hickory bark and setting it over their campfires to bake bread, or skewing their food on sticks and holding it over the open flames. They managed to acquire a good amount of oysters, which they relished with delight. The regimental pets had dwindled down to only a few dogs. Mysteriously, the chickens had disappeared, although Hiram and Bud knew they had all been eaten. The goat, it was discovered, had developed an appetite for kepis. He too vanished soon after, most likely into a stew.

(Page 184)
The picket stared at them. He pushed his kepi back on his head. “Humbug,” he muttered.

(Page 202)
“Ma’am,” one of them said, touching the brim of his kepi, “we’ve been sent to scout the area, and if you have anything the Union army deems necessary, it is our lawful right to confiscate it.”

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Chapter 2: Chapter Two
"...kepiowing the ceremony, each officer was given a bouquet of flowers, and to each enlistee, a newly constructed Confederate uniform was distributed. The jackets were gray homespun wool with a row of nine shiny brass buttons down the front. kepis were allotted as headwear, and brogans for footwear. Every man ..."

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...finally allowed to sleep, but only for two hours. At daylight, they resumed their march, continuing on through the day, from the Shenandoah through Ashby’s Gap across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their uniforms were beginning to show signs of wear, in that shoes and wool coats had sprouted holes; kepis, forage caps, and Egyptian-style havelocks were beginning to fray; and rations were becoming sparse. ..."

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Chapter 6: Chapter Six
152.
"... but overheard some of their conversation while they cautiously went around. “I’ve set my sights on some fine gals in this town,” one of them was saying as he tilted the kepi back on his head and lit his pipe. “I saw one down that street,” said another, pointing toward the ..."

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Chapter 7: Chapter Seven
"...managed to acquire a good amount of oysters, which they relished with delight. The regimental pets had dwindled down to only a few dogs. Mysteriously, the chickens had disappeared, although Hiram and Bud knew they had all been eaten. The goat, it was discovered, had developed an appetite for kepis. He too vanished soon after, most likely into a stew. ..."
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"... someone stole our horses. We were fixin’ to ride in, but we had to walk instead.” The picket stared at them. He pushed his kepi back on his head. “Humbug,” he muttered. “We’re tellin’ the truth,” insisted Jake. “We intend to jine the cavalry, and capture ..."

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
31.
"... riders came to a stop in front of her. “Ma’am,” one of them said, touching the brim of his kepi, “we’ve been sent to scout the area, and if you have anything the Union army deems necessary, it is our lawful right to confiscate it.” He started to dismount, but she cocked the ..."

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