I've heard it said by a variety of people that the CS issued their own forage caps. According to C&D Jarnagin: "Little wonder that the Confederacy used US M1858 type forage caps! Of the eight officers on board which approved the design for the US Army in 1858, at least five became Confederate soldiers." Nevertheless, I've noticed a particular absence of period photos showing Confederate troops wearing Forage Caps, in general they tend to wear the Kepi or more commonly a slouch hat. This leads to my next question. How common would a Forage Cap be among early-war Confederate troops? Is the Forage Cap acceptable for these types of impressions?