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Golden Thread A Confederate officer a day for 10 Months

Discussion in 'Period Civil War Photos & Examinations' started by Mike Serpa, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Mike Serpa

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    I recently posted A field officer a day for 9 months and 2 weeks. A fellow CWTer asked if I would do a similar thread with Confederate officers. This is it! Mostly generals with some colonels. I don't much information with these photos. Only the name in most cases.

    Source list:
    ADA = Alabama Digital Archives
    DUL = Duke University Libraries
    HA = Heritage Auctions
    KDL = Kentucky Digital Library
    LOC = Library of Congress
    NA = National Archives
    VMI = Virginia Military Institute

    I don't have a source with every photo.
     

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  3. Mike Serpa

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    AbercrombieRH.jpg
    Colonel Robert Haden Abercrombie, 45th Alabama Infantry. - ADA
     
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    This may be more of a challenge for me due to the essentially non-regulation nature of most Confederate uniforms! I'll mention right off the bat that Confederate regulations called for short-skirted double-breasted frock coats for ALL members of the armed forces, both officer and enlisted, as depicted in the plate from the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records and as reproduced here in the Centennial-era Civil War Handbook:

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    Although all of these are officers except for the cavalry sergeant at bottom right, the drawings showing more enlisted men was really no different. As an aside, I'll mention that it has been observed that in many ways these appear to have been based largely on contemporary Austrian uniforms, from the cut of the tunics to the color - although the Austrian pearl-gray was so light it looked white - and they also used a somewhat similar system of stars-and-bars collar insignia to designate rank. Of course due to shortages and already-existing and often conflicting State uniform regulations, these were seldom what was seen in reality, so it will be interesting to see what naturally develops in this thread!
     
  5. Mike Serpa

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    I look forward to your comments over the next several months.
     
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    You´ll not be able to tell from many pictures as they only show the upper body. However there are some with the short skirts being really short.

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    Like e.g. this early war picture of Longstreet (taken from this thread).

    As for the main thread @Mike Serpa; I´ve eagerly waited for those 8 months and 2 weeks of inspiration to begin!
     
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    I love the chapeau de bras - super cool hats that I dont think anyone on our continent actually wore. More's the pity.
     
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  8. Mike Serpa

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    Don't expect quality photos. Many are CDVs with just headshots. Maybe someone here might see a new photo.
     
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    Excellent! I was really starting to miss looking for the officer of the day from the last thread.
     
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  10. Mike Serpa

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    Well, I hope you enjoy these!
     
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  11. Mike Serpa

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    Here are two photos. The first one is unidentified. I don't have the source and could not find out who he is with a google photo search.
    Unidentified_general.jpg ???

    The next one is identified at the Library of Congress as 'Adams, C.S.A.' I've seen him listed as Daniel W. Adams and his brother William W. Adams.
    07593u.png Daniel or William?
     
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    two glass eyes?
     
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    me too
     
  16. Mike Serpa

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    I only have photos of these men in uniform. Don't be surprised to not see a common photo of one in civilian attire.
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    General Henry Watkins Allen - LSU photo
     
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    i certainly hope we don't - bad enough you fooled as in the first thread :cautious:
     
  18. Mike Serpa

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    How did I fool you in the first thread?
     
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    the guy in the blue (or black) jacket that was not part of a uniform but civillian attire (don't ask me aboout his name) :D @James N. liked to rub my nose into that
     
  20. Mike Serpa

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    You have a better memory than I!
     
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    General Edward P. Alexander
     
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