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These iron knuckles were found near Shy hillI think the guy in the poncho was one of those "illustration" style, not necessarily a "hey, Mom, I'm a soldier!" pics. But, the story goes, re officers and rifles, that Col. William Shy was using one when he was killed at the hill that has ever since borne his name.
A lieutenant with a rifle?
Look closely at "3rd Lt. Jesse Furgurson"'s sleeves - he seems to have chevrons! I suspect this is either: 1) a typo and he was really a sergeant rather than a lt.; or 2) this photo shows him before he was promoted to lt. The dubious spelling of his last name suggests there *may* be misteaks in this!Yeah, that one there bothered me, as much as it did in Gods and Gnereals.
( Lt. Thomas Chamberlin at Fredericksburg )
The soldier in the poncho is part of the never published Quartermaster Manual of 1865. Well I should not say never published as the entire manual has been discovered and was published a couple of years ago. If you are a uniform geek or interested in the details of things like CW era Army wagons or such, you might want to look at this manual.
Why would you spend the money to have your likeness made while wearing a poncho??...I'll answer that by saying: I agree, that likeness was taken for illustrative purposes!!
As noted above ( but not explained in full ) by major bill, this man is almost surely NOT a soldier - he was either merely a model, or more likely an employee of the Quartermaster's Department. I have a booklet containing all of these plates ( printed more than "a couple of years ago" in the 1970's or early 1980's ), each one showing the same man in a different ( in some cases only slightly different ) uniform or combination, from full-dress to fatigue wear, complete with arms and accouterments for infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, and even hospital steward. It's thought they were produced to be re-produced to accompany contracts let to the manufacturers or suppliers of items of uniform and equipment to show exactly how they were to be worn and what they were supposed to look like. There are some small errors in a couple of the plates and it's to be expected that this man might not've known the correct positions, though he looks very convincing in most of them.It appears to me that the image of the soldier in the poncho is at " secure arms." That is when the musket is held under the arm, with the barrel pointing down and the hammer and nipple flipped over, also pointing down. I believe it was used primarily during rainy weather to keep out moisture. The position of the feet look puzzling, I believe they should be in a " T "
It was sort of like our magizine photos for today, but some random person dressed as a soldier ?James N is correct in that the photographs are well known and have appear in many books and such. Most of the written parts of the Quartermaster Manual of 1865 was only found a few years ago. The written part gives detailed descriptions for various items.
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