[Unidentified soldier in Union uniform with musket and bayonet] (LOC)

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    [Unidentified soldier in Union uniform with musket and bayonet]

    [between 1861 and 1865]

    1 photograph : sixth-plate tintype, hand-colored ; 9.5 x 8.3 cm (case)

    Title devised by Library staff.
    Case: no. Berg 3-183.
    Photograph shows uniform with upside down belt.
    Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:105).

    Military uniforms--Union--1860-1870.
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military personnel--Union.

    Format: Portrait photographs--1860-1870.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

    Part Of: Ambrotype/Tintype filing series (Library of Congress) (DLC) 2010650518
    Liljenquist Family collection (Library of Congress) (DLC) 2010650519

    More information about this collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.lilj

    Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.26859

    Call Number: AMB/TIN no. 2008

    Arkku, skillfull, FeygeleGoy, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. rjones0856 52 months ago | reply

      This fellow's buckle is upside down -- this must have been taken early in basic training. :)

    2. jmc33vavols 52 months ago | reply

      No. Again, I believe this is a Confederate. If CSA or state buckles were scarce they would reverse acquired Union ones, a common practice.

    3. jmc33vavols 52 months ago | reply

      Addendum: The high collar was much more common in Southern enlisted men's uniforms. Also, the rather ancient looking smoothbore musket. Even early on, Union soldiers had better rifles, by and large, though recently cartridge boxes found at Antietam (Sharpsburg) showed some Union Infantry units were still carrying smoothbores in late 1862

    4. rjones0856 52 months ago | reply

      That sounds reasonable. I also note now that the "U" was painted in upside down, so whatever the reason it wasn't accidental.

    5. hulagun66 51 months ago | reply

      Upside down US buckle is a clue this fellow may have been a regular US infantryman until his state seceded. Or it is a captured or liberated belt. The jaunty brim angle of his kepi say "Johnny Reb" to me. Men fighting on the southern side were predominantly volunteers and tended to express such positive fighting spirit throughout the war.

    6. jloehle 51 months ago | reply

      He is most likely a federal soldier. It's not an upside down belt buckle, it's an upside down belt. The whole thing is upside down because he flipped it to wear on the opposite side of his body. The cap box is also upside down. He knew that the photo would inverse everything and they sometimes compensated for that. Doing it like this made the bayonet scabbard on the (to the viewer) "correct" side of the body.

    7. rjones0856 51 months ago | reply

      Now that seems to make the most sense -- I didn't notice the cap box. I note he's holding his rifle with a left-handed grip, probably for the same reason, and there are a dozen or so pictures in this collection with the upside-down belt like this one.

      Only now I wonder why, if the photographer was going to retouch the buckle anyway, he didn't paint it correctly.

    8. Wing and a Prayer... [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

      The image is a mirror image, and the buckle is upside down for a reason; he is a Confederate soldier. The captured buckles from Federal depots were turned upside down and used as needed.

    9. Wing and a Prayer... [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

      Also, the upside-down buckle resembled a "N.S." which stood for "New South"

    10. kodaksights 41 months ago | reply

      Good photo
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    11. FeygeleGoy 40 months ago | reply

      This guy's cocky smirk and raised eyebrow make this probably my favorite Civil War portrait.

    12. patricksalland 31 months ago | reply

      It's actually extremely common for Union soldiers to turn their equipment upside down for the photographs so that their equipment would be on the correct side, due to the mirror image. A dead give away is the fact that the cap pouch is upside down. He's a Federal soldier. Sorry folks.

    13. JohnnyClair 3 weeks ago | reply

      nahh--he's confederate. I've seen the same uniform sleeves on other Rebs.... besides, if he was militia prior to secession, his buckle would look like that. They wore what they had.

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