Civil War Photograph?

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I've come across an old family album with pictures I believe could go back as far as the Civil War era. The photos come from the correct family line that my g-g-g-grandfather, Leander Edwin Davis, came from. He was a Union soldier from Medina, NY and died in 1865 off illness at the end of the War. Anyway, I noticed a pin with the initial "LD" on the picture. I'm not quite sure what the man is wearing to begin with... Any information would be apprectiated. Thanks.
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Hi and welcome to the board!
Now what little I can offer haha.
LD could be his initials. Or it could be a member of some secret organization: The Liberty Defectors!... Sorry, got creative there.

Anyway, this is a very good picture and if anyone is able to seriously help you, they will try. Also, now this is my guess the picture looks a bit newer than the civil war era, I am thinking...Maybe 1890..ish? 1900 possibly. I seem to be thinking of like Wild Bill Hitchcock, and other western types in a picture like this. I may be wrong of course, as I have been before!

So, in conclusion: Wait on someone else :tongue: and also welcome to the forums! Look forward to hearing from you on some of our discussions, don't ever be afraid to post! (Lovely username by the way.)
 

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Never seen that, but I agree it appears to be from some fraternal order

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Looks like a fraternal collar to me? Maybe Odd Fellows or Freemasons. Google Fraternal Collars and then click Images at the top.
I agree. "Secret societies" or fraternal organizations were very popular post war. Some were huge like the Elks and the Eagles and others were small and short lived. A big attraction to these groups was the availability of life and burial insurance. If you know where he lived at that age (30s?) see if there is a city directory. These often list organizations. The LD is probably Leander Davis rather than the group.
 

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Hello and welcome! Don't know much about fraternal or secret organizations but that collar kind of put me in mind of one I'd seen a while back from the Templars. I believe they were into temperance.
 

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Welcome from NJ. I can't offer anything on the photo. But I looked up his name and found a Leander E. Davis with the 1st NY Light Artillery. Could that be him?
 
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Welcome from NJ. I can't offer anything on the photo. But I looked up his name and found a Leander E. Davis with the 1st NY Light Artillery. Could that be him?
Yep, that would be him! In our family's oral history, we knew of a collection of letters written to his wife. And by chance, I googled him a couple weeks back and found a recent article that spoke of some of the 71 letters that he wrote:

http://thedailynewsonline.com/lifestyles/article_120378f6-debc-5081-92e4-86b352eb284f.html

Interesting stuff.

And thanks for the rest of the info. It does look similar to the mentioned fraternal collars. I really wish people were more willing to label photos back then- at least with names! Haha.
 
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It appears to match a collar worn by my g grandfather in an image of his Odd Fellows garb. He was also very active in the GAR. I do not know if there was a connection between the organizations. I do not have access to the photo, but will check on the letters, I don't recall them in his picture.
 
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I think I may have found him! There is a photo of his widowed wife at a younger age (that I found on Ancestry.com) and I have just found an older picture from my family of a married couple (Civil War time?). Her face looks very similar. If this is his wife, this has to be him, in my opinion. I wish older pictures were labeled! What do you think? DSCN4949[1].JPG DSCN4951[1].JPG 7dced019-1922-4ae8-b0e5-c20667b4ed64.jpg
 
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