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Item #99090 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman. This one was found in Springfield, Massachusetts back in 1996. Seated view of this young soldier dressed in a four button sack and squashed kepi. His musket rests against his shoulder with the bayonet attached. A pencil inscription on the reverse of the image reads "John B. Russell died 1864. Died For Freedom". Some research paper work that came with this image identified him as John B. Russell of the 76th New York Infantry who was killed while fighting at The Wilderness. I am fairly certain that identity to be incorrect as that John Russell mustered as a corporal and this particular infantryman is absent of any rank. Through cross referencing age's, enlistment dates, rank and date's of death I am left with one match. John Russell of the 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He would muster with Company K in September, 1861 as a private. John would be captured on November 30th, 1863 while fighting during the Mine Run Battle. He would be sent to the infamous Andersonville Prison. Disease would claim his life while imprisoned there on August 24, 1864 and he was laid to rest in the Andersonville National Cemetery, Grave #6754. Research records for John Russell of the 76th New York are included as they came with the image. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $350.00


Item #89887 Rare ninth plate ruby ambrotype of a member of the 2nd New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. This uniform is almost always incorrectly identified as Confederate. The uniform itself consisted of a grey swallow-tail coat trimmed in red with six large state buttons running down the front. The trousers were made of the same matching gray material. The cap was gray as well with a band of red around the lower portion and "2 NH" pinned to the crown although it isn't visible here. The majority of men from this unit that I have seen have all been photographed in the same studio. Presumably taken before they left the state. They would be mustered into service in June, 1861 and see their first action at Bull Run. The regiment would go on to fight at Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and several others. They would suffer their largest loss at Gettysburg with 47 men killed, 136 wounded and another 36 men that went missing. Of 24 officers only 3 would go unscathed. This young soldier stands with his musket at his side and a Colt Navy displayed across his midsection. His company letter "H" is pinned to the front of his cap. Unlike the majority of regiments that began the war in state issue uniforms, the 2nd New Hampshire refused to change to Federal blue uniforms and continued to wear their grey uniforms for the duration of their 3 years of service. Photographic examples of this uniform are quite rare and generally misidentified. Nice, clear image housed in a full patriotic thermoplastic case. $1100.00


Item #76676 Sixth plate tintype of two Federal infantry NCO's. The pair stand at attention with rare M1861 Springfield rifles held at the side with bayonets attached. Both men stand dressed in infantry frocks. One with the rank of corporal and the other with the rank of sergeant. Nice, shiny US waist belt plats are worn long with a cap box and empty bayonet scabbard. A dilapidated forage cap is worn by the corporal and a slouch cap with brass infantry insignia pinned to the front by his accompanying officer. Super nice looking image. This one does come in a full patriotic thermoplastic case but it does have a chip out of the bottom side wall. $850.00


Item #89976 Sixth plate tintype of a yank infantryman ready to march. Posed is a make shift studio where he stands on a muddy, wood plank floor with a canvas sheet drawn up behind him. He stands rigid supporting the wight of his knapsack. Dressed in his infantry frock with full US accouterments. His knapsack is strapped over his shoulders with his great coat rolled up in his gum blanket and fasted to the top. His musket is held at his side with the bayonet attached. Nice looking image. Housed in a full leatherette case with the nice, brilliant blue velvet pad. $795.00
                             
           
Item #22990 This is a super neat sixth plate tintype of Ansel R. Pettee of the 6th Maine Light Artillery. Ansel sits here dressed in his artillery service jacket and light blue trousers. A M1851 eagle waist belt is worn along with a holstered revolver. His cap is worn with brass artillery insignia pinned to the front and the numeral "6". Starting in January, 1862 Ansel would begin serving in Battery 1 of the 6th Maine Light Artillery. While serving in Harper's Ferry later that year in December he would fall ill with typhoid fever. He would be hospitalized through April, 1863. That June he would transfer into the VRC where he would remain performing various duties until his discharge in January, 1865. Wonderful period pencil inscription inside the case reading "This is the picture of Ansel R. Pettee. He was a member of the sixt maine Battre and he gave this to me in the general hospital at Harper's Ferry, VA 1863 Edward W. Dehaven". The man who wrote the inscription, Edward DeHaven would serve with the 128th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and would also find himself hospitalized at Harper's Ferry. From December, 1862 though April, 1863. The two men apparently established a friendship during their hospitalization and Ansel would gift this image to Edward during their stay. This one does come with a stack of paper work including full service records on both Ansel and Edward. Great image with a great story! $750.00 SOLD!


Item #22199 Very nice ninth plate daguerreotype by famed New York artist Rufus Anson. War date daguerreotypes are seldom encountered as both ambrotype's and tintype's had replaced dags as the preferred medium for photographic images. This officer wears the rank of 1st lieutenant. Tentatively identified as Charles Atherton Hartwell of the 11th US Infantry, 77th USCT Infantry and the 10th USCT Heavy Artillery. He would eventually attain the rank of brig-general by brevet. A number of men from the 11th US Infantry appear to have stopped into Anson's studio to have their portrait taken as several have surfaced. Housed in a wonderful red velvet oval case with Anson's imprint on the velvet pad. $800.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #89902 Sweet little ninth plate ambrotype of this rebel soldier. Dressed in a dark grey jean cloth frock and matching trousers. The collar and cuffs are trimmed with very simple red cord. A McDowell pattern cap is also worn with brass insignia pinned to the top. More than likely a heavy artilleryman from one of the countless batteries that surrounded Richmond. The photographer is unknown but we do known that he operated somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley. Possibly in either Staunton or Rockbridge or even Richmond itself. I've had a number of images of Confederate heavy artilleryman photographed in this studio. Beautiful, clear view. Unfortunately all the buttons have been heavy gilded. Beautiful view. Housed in a full leatherette case. $1100.00
                           
                                       
Item #17765 Rare sixth plate melainotype of a seldom seen color sergeant. I think I have had maybe two images of color sergeants over the years. Seated pose dressed in his infantry frock with sergeants stripes worn on the sleeve and crossed US flags indicating his rank as color sergeant. Tentatively identified as James M. Arnold of the 12th Kansas Infantry. The carte view which is not included in this sale shows a view of James posed with the regimental flag. The sixth plate itself was found in Beloit, Kansas not far from where the 12th Kansas was raised. James would muster with Company I in September, 1862. Unlike many color sergeants that served during the war, James would manage to survive. The regiment would serve along the Kansas/Missouri border for the first year before being stationed at Fort Smith. The men would be mustered out of service in June, 1865. Great view of this seldom seen rank. Housed in a half case. $1000.00


Item #90011 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of this yank infantryman. This one is absolutely mint! Not a flaw on this one. Standing pose dressed in his four button sack coat and dark trousers. His US waist belt is worn upside down and a cap box rests on the belt. A large side knife is housed in the sheath and tucked into his belt as well. Musket at his side with the bayonet attached. Nice military themed back drop featuring a fort with Old Glory flying on the rampart and a number of tents off in the back ground. Really a stellar image in hand. Housed in a full leatherette case. $850.00

                                                       

                                      
Item #12614 Double cased ninth plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman and his wife. Standing pose of this cavalryman dressed in his re-enforced cavalry trousers and cavalry service jacket. Brass shoulder scales are worn along with a nice black felt slouch cap. Neat military themed back drop with a number of large white canvas tents in the background with the sky tinted with shades of red and a number of clouds shown. His wife is dressed in a large dress tinted blue and wears a large cameo which hangs from a necklace worn around the neck. The pair comes housed in a double sided thermoplastic case. No identifications on the two however. $225.00 SALE PENDING!
                   


Item #46641 Quarter plate ambrotype of two pre-war militia soldiers. I would presume possibly a father serving as an officer photographed with his young enlisted son. The officer sits dressed in a dark blue frock and wearing gold bullion fringed epaulets. His kepi is worn with a lower band of red and yellow and decorated with a large ostrich plume. It looks to be the numeral "7" pinned to the front of his cap also. His younger under study sits dressed in this unusual jacket with cloth shoulder tabs. A white buff cross belt and waist belt are also worn. He wears a similar cap minus the plume and numeral. Both cradle a sword in their lap as well. This one does have a crack through it as you can see but it has been taped and is very stable. Some emulsion missing in the lower left hand corner as well. Housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case. $500.00

Item #75654 Quarter plate tintype of a newly recruited Federal cavalryman. Seated pose of this handsome horse soldier. He sits dressed in a brand new cavalry service jacket. So new it still has the wrinkles in it from the packaging crate. He still wears a pair of civilian trousers as he apparently hasn't yet received his heavy cavalry trousers. Beautiful, clear view. This one is trimmed down horizontally along the right and left side of the plate so that the mat just covers the edge. Still a wonderful image. It comes housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case as well. $350.00

                       

Item #68722 Super awesome sixth plate ambrotype of this unidentified Zouave musician. He sits in this chair side ways with his arm resting over the back. Dressed in a simple 4 button sack coat and trousers. He sports a red fez with a blue tassel which was indicative of a number of Zouave units. Armed with a holstered revolver worn on the belt which you can clearly see resting on his thigh. In his lap rests an over the shoulder Eb Contrabass Saxhorn and a beautiful one at that! He is posed with fingers on the piston valves ready to play a tune. Rare view as I have seen very few Zouave musicians. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine and homemade silk cover pad. The lining of the image has also been decorated in the same manner. Very neat view! $950.00 SALE PENDING! 


Item #89700 Killer quarter plate tintype of this two Federal infantryman. This image has a great look to it. The two foot soldier sit in chairs with legs crossed and dressed in infantry frocks. One of the men wears a nice wheel cap. Both men appear to be armed with Austrian Lorenz muskets which they hold tight up against the shoulder. One of the men is also armed with a bone handled Bowie knife and the other with a revolver tucked into the belt. Super nice image with great clarity! Housed in a full leatherette case. $1100.00


Item #11252 Beautiful quarter plate ruby ambrotype of this Federal lieutenant. Absolute stunning clarity to this image. This young officer sits dressed in his frock wearing the rank of 2nd lieutenant. A McDowell pattern cap is worn with an embroidered infantry horn worn on the front with his regimental designation. The numbers are slightly blurred but it looks like perhaps the number "29". He sits cradling this magnificent officers sword and wearing a M1851 eagle waist belt plate over his sash. The clarity of this image is just superb. Ruby ambrotypes are by far my favorite format simply for that reason. Unfortunately this officer is yet to be identified. Housed in a half leatherette case. $750.00

                     

Item #49494 Double cased pair of husband and wife ninth plate images. Superb ninth plate ruby ambrotype of this young lady in a blue dress which has been wonderfully tinted. Crystal clear image with beautiful blue eyes. The second view is a ninth plate tintype of this cavalry sergeant. Heavily tinted cavalry chevrons on the sleeve and sporting a small multi-colored neck tie. These comes housed in a very nice double sided patriotic thermoplastic case. $395.00


Item #48766 Sixth plate tintype of this hard drinking yank cavalryman. He already looks like he's 3 sheets to the wind. Seated pose wearing two jackets and a pair of re-enforced cavalry trousers. A large handkerchief is tucked into the fold of one jacket with a pocket watch chain and key hanging from the pocket. On the table beside him stands a bottle of booze and a tin cup. This does have an old clipped id to a lieutenant with the 134th New York Infantry with it but I don't believe it is correct as this fellow is wearing a cavalry jacket. I will however include it with the image. This one comes housed in a beat up half thermoplastic case. The emulsion on this one is unfortunately suffering from flaking in a couple locations as you can see. $195.00


Item #45534 Very neat sixth plate tintype of Federal line officer. Standing pose dressed in his infantry frock as he leans up against the pedestal at his side. He looks to be a 2nd lieutenant. His M1851 eagle waist belt is worn over his sash while he sports a pair of leather gauntlets. A McDowell pattern cap rests on the pedestal and he has propped up his Colt revolver in order to give a clear view of it. Apparently he must have been very proud of it. You can see the holster resting on his hip. This one has the last name of "POTT" scratched into the emulsion up above his head. There are a few possible matches if you would like a good research project. Really neat image. Full leatherette case. $650.00


Item #28191 Drop dead beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype. One of the most beautiful ambro's I have ever seen. The coloring on this image is just spectacular. Seated pose of this yank infantryman dressed in his greatcoat and cape. Superb blue tinting to the coat and his trousers. A red scarf is worn around the neck with the coat worn over the top of it. His cap rests on a table beside him with this stunning green and pink floral pattern table cloth. Even his hands have been tinted to make them more life like. Just an absolute work of art! Housed in a full leatherette case with a repaired spine. $850.00


Item #48123 Outstanding sixth plate tintype of this unidentified Federal infantry captain. Crystal clear image of this very distinguished officer. Seated pose with his hand tucked into the fold of his frock. His gloved hand rests on the pommel of sword. That eagle waist plate couldn't be any more clear! A fine pair of Smith's patent shoulder straps are worn with the rank of captain clearly seen. Unfortunately I have thus far been unable to identify this subject with absolute certainly. Just a magnificent view of this officer. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $750.00


Item #79867 Ninth plate tintype dressed in this unusual jacket. It's not a frock and it's not your typical service jacket. Similar to a Schuylkill Arsenal infantry jacket but the buttons are not correct. It also lacks any trim although the photographer has taken the liberty to add cavalry cuff trim and sergeants stripes. Unfortunately the buttons are gilded over obscuring any state identity. This one comes housed in a very nice patriotic thermoplastic case and patriotic mat. $350.00

              
Item #34533 Neat little ninth plate ambrotype of this Federal artilleryman. Dressed in this service jacket which bears rimmed buttons rather than the typical un-rimmed eagle buttons. Most likely a state issue jacket. He wears his cap with the crown extended upward and completely missing the visor with just the chin strap across the front of the cap. Quite an unusual looking piece of headgear. Mounted in this wonderful thermoplastic frame. One small chip to one corner but otherwise nearly a pristine and hard to find case. $200.00

                      
                        
Item #55400 This is a neat pair of ninth plate tintypes of two unidentified Connecticut troops. Both images were taken in the same studio and appear to be outfitted with the same studio props. Both men are dressed in a dark grey uniform consisting of a 5 button sack coat with a large breast pocket and matching grey trousers. They also wear identical grey slouch caps. Connecticut troops were issued a number of odd accouterments. One of which was this heavy, woven cartridge box sling which is worn by both men. They also sport a US "baby" waist belt. Both armed with the identical pistol as well. Now whether or not the accouterment set was provided by the photographer or not is anybody's guess but the pistol most certainly was. Neat pair of images. These two come housed in a very nice double sided thermoplastic case. $600.00


Item #54987 Sharp looking sixth plate ambrotype of an early state volunteer. Not sure where this fellow is from. Mid western state most likely. Dressed in a dark blue, 8 button service jacket with cloth shoulders tabs and belt loops. He wears corporal stripes on the sleeve but you can clearly see they used to be sergeant stripes and the top chevron on each sleeve has been removed. Busted down in rank no doubt. The buttons along the front of the jacket are Federal eagle buttons. A nice and clear M1851 eagle waist belt is worn along with his sash. You can just see the scabbard for the sword that he holds jutting up from his hip. A very beat up cap is worn with infantry insignia and his company letter "F" pinned to the front. Sharp looking image. This one comes housed in a full patriotic thermoplastic case. $600.00


Item #33600 Sweet little ninth plate oval tintype of this dashing yank cavalryman. Nice up close view of this horse soldier dressed in his cavalry jacket. He sports this fantastic black felt slouch cap with a wonderful and large ostrich plume worn directly in the front of the cap. Wonderful example of what one would imagine when picturing a dashing cavalryman. This one comes housed in a full thermoplastic case but it does have a small piece missing out of the case right where the latch is. Wonderful image! $350.00


Item #27888 Sixth plate tintype of a unidentified member of the 1st or 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. This fellow however was most likely from the 2nd Rhode Island which recently became famous after the Ken Burns documentary and Elisha Hunt Rhodes. This Rhode Islander would serve with Company D which is pinned to the front of his cap. He is dressed in the classic Rhode Island blouse issued to members of the 1st and 2nd Rhode Island along with the dark blue chasseur kepi. A small shield badge is pinned to the front of his blouse and a ribbon hangs from his pocket with a pocket watch key seen swinging at the end. His pocket watch resting in his pocket out of site. A US waist belt is worn with a holster pistol worn on the belt. It looks to be a .32 cal. Merwin & Bay single shot derringer. Nice looking image from a hard to find state and historic regiment. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $465.00

                      
                     
Item #68342 Double cased sixth plate ambrotypes of a sergeant major and his wife. This NCO stands dressed in a rather unique frock. It appears to have 5 very large domed buttons running down the front, with cloth shoulder tabs and a slash pocket located on the breast. Nice, large sergeant majors chevrons are worn on the sleeve. A holstered revolver is worn front and center while his sword rests on his hip. His wife sits dressed in this wonderful and immense silk hoop skirt. I can't imagine how cumbersome and stifling a gown of that size must have been. She is draped in gold jewelry and her hair I can only assume took hours to be braided in such an unbelievable manner. How she managed to keep all of those small and perfect loops in her hair is beyond me! Unfortunately the pair is not identified. Wonderful pair of images with a rank you don't see to often. Housed in a quite nice double sided thermoplastic case. $650.00 


Item #33421 Wonderful little ninth plate tintype. I love the look of this image and the expression on his face. Dressed in this grey homespun wool-jean cloth jacket. Nice clarity to the image so that you can visibly see the weave of the jean cloth material. He was this fantastic row of "Goodyear Patent" hard-rubber buttons which run down the front of the jacket and really stand out. He wears this rather mischievous grin on his face while sporting this absolutely fantastic dark grey slouch cap. Just a great looking image. This one does have a tax stamp on the reverse but it is not dated. He may in fact be a recently paroled Confederate prisoner of war. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. This one does come with a 4 x 6 copy of General Orders No. 109 issued June 6, 1865 regarding the discharge of Confederate Prisoners of War. Great looking image! $350.00


Item #42545 Early sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a unidentified member of the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry known as Birney's Zouaves. Dressed in the dark blue jacket, vest and trousers worn by the unit which was trimmed in red. Not long after being issued these uniforms the men found them to be rather unpractical and slowly moved towards switching them out for standard Federal issue uniforms. The regiment would fight in some of the fiercest engagements of the war. They would fight at Seven Pines, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Cold Harbor and several others. At Cold Harbor the men would take a beating losing 75men killed and almost another 120 wounded. This one comes with a patriotic mat and housed in a full thermoplastic case. $600.00

                    
                      
Item #23443 Set of two tintype images of what appear to be mother, father and son based on the facial features of this young man and the two shown above. The first image is a quarter plate tintype of an aging husband and wife. He stands dressed in a nine button light gray military vest and grey civilian trousers. A single breasted dark wool coat is also worn with a small amount of cuff trim visible. His wife sits dressed in a black dress with white lace collar and a small brooch or cockade pinned to the front. What's really neat is it appears she must have been attending to some household sewing as she has at least 4 sewing needles stuck in the front pleats of her dress which you can clearly see. The second view is a ninth plate tintype showing a steely eyed soldier dressed in a double breasted Confederate jean-cloth frock coat with an external breast pocket. The face of the buttons are not visible but are of the rimmed, convex military type. A civilian vest is worn with a checkered pattern along with a dark button up shirt and paper collar. A thick multi colored cord hangs from his neck which most likely leads to a pocket watch. Unfortunately the subjects are not identified but they came out of Martinsville, Virginia. Neither of these have cases either. Just the brass mats, preservers and cover glass. $450.00

                  
                     
Item #28909 Quarter plate melainotype of three early war Confederate enlistee's. It would appear to be 3 brothers enlisting for the cause or perhaps one last photo before sending a brother off to war. The trio are shown in this view with hands embraced. It has been suggested that the man standing at center is the same man shown in the second image which is now housed in the LOC. The man seated at left is dressed in grey trousers which sport a black stripe down the trouser seam. He also wears a dark, double breasted coat with two rows of buttons featuring a flower pattern. Certainly not unusual for Confederate troops as I have seen flower buttons used on many occasions. The other two men are dressed in their Sunday best. Apparently this studio must have been quite small as there wasn't even enough room to move the extra chair out of the view of the camera lens. Beautifully clear image. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $850.00



Item #68744 Wonderful ninth plate tintype of this steely eyed old character. This one came out of Bertrand, Missouri. This old fellow has seen some miles which one can see on his weathered face and aging grey beard. Piercing blue eyes coldly stare into the camera. It would probably be a good bet this fellow took part in the Kansas/Missouri border wars and may have been in fact a guerrilla or Missouri State Guard. Most likely taken during the winter months, he sits dressed in multiple layers with the outer laying being this heavy frock with Goodyear type buttons. Under the overcoat is worn a grey wool-jean military type jacket with a stand-up collar. Clear enough that you can see the cassimere weave of the military jacket worn. Typical wear to the coat which you would expect to see where an accouterment sling would have been worn. He also sports this wonderful 1860's black slouch hat with a small tassel drooped over the brim. This old fellow does not look like somebody who's bad side you would like to be on. Housed in a  half leatherette case. $275.00 

                         
Item #25432 Double cased sixth plate tintypes. Both photos are of the same soldier taken during the same sitting. They are not identical images. You can see that he has his hand slid up slightly farther on the stock and closer to the barrel band in the second image. Looks to be a mid-western yank dressed in a state issue uniform. Illinois I would suspect. Outfitted with full accouterments and holding his musket across his chest. Housed in a double sided thermoplastic case. $550.00
          

Item #79856 Ninth plate ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. Nice up close view of this horse soldier dressed in his cavalry shell jacket. He wears a patriotic silk sash over the shoulder which has been tinted in wonderful shades of red, white and blue. The former owner had the sash that he is wearing in this view as well but it was in such a deteriorated state that they threw it away!! At least the image has survived. This one comes in a full thermoplastic case with patriotic matting. $395.00


         
                       

Item #78700 Grouping attributed to Henry Clay Jones of the 2nd Vermont Infantry, Co. D. Henry would serve with the regiment beginning in June, 1861 and serve until his discharge in June of 1864. He would be wounded once while engaged at the Wilderness. The grouping consists of a post war photograph of Henry dressed in his GAR uniform accompanied by two very nice GAR badges. The family CDV album in pristine condition holding 30 views including one of Henry in civilian dress. Many of them identified. His original appointment to 3rd sergeant dated August, 1862 and signed by the regiment's major who would later be killed at the Wilderness. Also included in his certificate from the state of Vermont acknowledging his service. His original acceptence letter from the Bureau of Pensions granting his pension still in the original envelope. Henry's personal portfolio of Military and Civil War History which records his service in detail. A family history book which records the family history from 1750 through 1898 and an envelope full of misc documents relating to Henry's estate. Very nice grouping of a Vermont veteran. $450.00 

                                  
                             
Item #12912 Quarter plate tintype of two late war yanks that came out of New Market, Maryland many years ago. Very casual pose of these two men. One of the men stands with his frock unbuttoned and resting his hand on the other's shoulder. The other is seated sporting camp shoes and service stripes located on the coat sleeves. Mint view which this scan does not do justice. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $500.00


Item #87121 Rare ninth plate ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 1st or 2nd New Hampshire. These guys are pretty much misidentified in every single publication I am aware of as being Confederate. He is dressed in the New Hampshire grey greatcoat and cape. The uniform underneath would have also been grey and trimmed in red. The only part of that uniform that is visible here is the grey cap which has a lower band of red that ran around the base of the cap. Company letter "F" is pinned to the front. He stands armed with his musket and brandishing an Allen & Wheelock 32 cal. pocket revolver from under the flap of his cape. Images from this unit are actually very hard to find. These guys fought from the First Battle of Bull Run all the way to Richmond. At Gettysburg they were nearly annihilated. Very hard to find image. Housed in a half case. $850.00



Item #89881 Sixth plate tintype of two cavalryman dressed in stable frocks. Very rare example of this coat. These were constructed out of white canvas to be worn while grooming horses. The canvas allowed for the horse hair to be much more easily removed as compared to the wool uniforms. Some units such as the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry actually wore the coats as fatigue uniforms while in camp. During the spring of 1864 members of the 2nd Maine were issued an order that "enlisted men on stable duty will wear their stable frocks". Both men look as though their forearms are bandaged. Those are probably false sleeves being worn for protection but why they are wearing them I have no idea unless it is to keep the white sleeves of the coat from becoming soiled. One of the men has his pant legs pulled up over the top of his boots. The other has done the same with one pant leg falling down. I would presume this was done to keep the bottom of the trousers out of the horse s**t and mud as the boots of both men are filthy dirty. This is shown in the publication "US Army in the West" published in 1995. Rare view of these two men who were probably returning from stable duty. Housed in a full leatherette case. $800.00

                                      


 

 




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