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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?
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!!
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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