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Please help me identify Inherited Tintype.

Discussion in 'Period Photograph Examinations' started by kyle3737, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. kyle3737

    kyle3737 Cadet

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    Hello All,
    I'm very new and also very interested in Civil War History. I also recently took on metal detecting with aspirations of discovering Civ artifacts!! But the main reason for this post is to ask for assistance identifying the mystery man on this tintype. This has been passed down from generation to generation and Ive never been told who he is. Any help or knowledge you may have is very much appreciated! I also would love any advice on how value is determined on items like this one.
    Thanks Again!
    ~Kyle

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  3. TerryB

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    We need more details as to who owned it and what state they lived in in the 1860s. Welcome from Nashville.
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    He looks a little like General Gordon, but I don't think it is Gordon.

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    [Portrait of Gen. John B. Gordon, officer of the Confederate Army].
    Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.), photographer.
    CREATED/PUBLISHED
    [Between 1860 and 1865]
    SUMMARY
    Gordonis not in uniform.
    NOTES
    Reference: Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 1030
    Title from Milhollen and Mugridge.
    Forms part of Selected Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 (Library of Congress)
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    I really wish I had more info to offer. As far as I know the only people who have had possession of it were all in the Middle TN area. I have a feeling I would know if the mystery officer was a family member. I'm guessing someone either purchased it or acquired it waaay back when. Thank you very much for responding.
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    I agree that this is probably not him, but I'd say its definitely the closest to a match I've seen thus far. Almost looks like a hybrid between Gen. Gordon & Nathan Bedford Forrest. :smile:
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    He looks a lot like General Zollicoffer, killed at Fishing Creek. That's my best guess.
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    They do have a similar look. Could be somebody on here will know. I looked through several pictures from LOC, but no luck. Could be a family picture not in the LOC collection.
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    Here's a photograph of Zollicoffer for comparison. 26775v(8x10).jpg
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    Not Zollie, then, but he sure looks familiar.
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    Confederate faces:

    a pictorial review of the individuals in the Confederate armed forces by William A. Albaugh
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    Darn Robert, that could be the guy.
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    Are you sure that's an American uniform? I dont know why but it has a British look to me.(except for the shoulder boards,that throws me).
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    I think that's a militia uniform.
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    This is so insightful guys and I really appreciate everyone's help with this! I'm taking each possible solution or suggestion and I'm researching them one at a time. Learning soooo much along the way and finally understanding the significance and the impact of the Civil War. Please keep the suggestions coming!!
    Thanks again
    ~Kyle
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    One bar on Collar -possibly a 2nd LT

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