[Unidentified young soldier in Union uniform with bayoneted musket, knife, and revolver] (LOC)

[Unidentified young soldier in Union uniform with bayoneted musket, knife, and revolver]


[between 1861 and 1865]


1 photograph : sixth-plate ambrotype, hand-colored ; 9.3 x 8.1 cm (case)



Title devised by Library staff.

Case: Leather geometric vines/leaves.

Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:105).



United States.--Army--People--1860-1870.


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.26860


Call Number: AMB/TIN no. 2009



  • Tammy 5y

    it does look like a female, however the boy is so young he does not look "manly" yet
  • jmc33vavols 5y

    May be a woman, more than a few posed as men throughout the war, and even carried on as men til their deaths
  • Anna 5y

    Looks like a woman to me!
  • Silverbluestar 5y

    My very first impression was that this is a women and I can see I'm not the only one! I'd love to know the true story behind this!
  • Casey McKinnon 5y

    Absolutely looks like a woman to me. No disrespect to him/her.
  • Buttons McTavish 5y

    I thought it looked like a woman, immediately.
  • Wurz 5y

    I didn't mean any disrespect to the person in the shot.

    Just got a bit carried away with the thought that it might be a woman dressing as a man in order to take part.

    It's a great picture.
  • Buttons McTavish 5y

    Wurz exactly.
  • Excitable Eggplant 5y

    I immediately thought this person may have been a woman also. I too would love to know this person's story either way.
  • Martyn William 5y

    Baby boy ! So young - all these images are so beautiful and very moving to look at.
  • Yankee Belle 5y

    I immediately thought it was a female too. But in all likelihood, just a very young male soldier. These photos are just amazing!
  • Buttons McTavish 5y

    Regardless of whether this is a portrait of a young man or women, there is a good amount of interesting information on women soldiers in the civil war: americancivilwar.com/women/
  • meribor82 5y

    I also think this looks like a young woman. Look at the hips, seemingly wider than the waist.
  • a_bedealia 4y

    ummm... maybe I'm seeing too much into this picture, but to me it this looks like a PREGNANT young woman, it looks like theres a good sized baby bump there- she's pretty far from being able to button that bottom button
  • sue 4y

    Would a female have posed for a photograph? Most photographs were for family and would they have wanted them to know they had enlisted in disguise?
  • ErynsMom03 4y

    it looks like a young woman. could she be pregnant?
  • Buttons McTavish 3y

    would guess that added bulk around the middle might help disguise what's on top...
  • biggrinmastiff 3y

    10 year old boy
  • Atoy Melicor 1y

    A woman! There were about 400 of them, disguised as men.
  • David Smith 1y

    I wonder if he lived to see the end of the Civil War?
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