Friday, May 20, 2011


WHITE CAPS - In American history, the lawless bands in southern Indiana, who, from 1850, undertook the regulation of the manners and morals in that section. During the Civil War, the Knights of the Golden Circle (q.v.) flourished in the same parts. The White Caps dressed differently in different parts of the country which they terrorized. Where they were regularly organized and did the most mischief they generally had nearly a full uniform or regalia. They wore white paper caps. with paper masks, and coats of coffee sacking. To make the coats they merely cut arm or sleeve holes in the sides of coffee sacks close to the bottoms and holes in the bottoms to put their heads through.