Interesting Civil War Photo

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The following photo is now on eBay for auction. It is a late 1800's sepia albumen mounted on card stock. It measure about 6" x 9". It is obviously a reprint image of a Civil War cdv. I find the photo to be very interesting and am posting it for your identification as to uniforms, Union or Confederate, etc. The seller claims it depicts three Confederates.

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Rhea Cole

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Their demeanor & appearance is that of three brothers. The light shade of both their pants & jackets is consistent with Confederate uniforms. The collar of the central figure has what could be a Confederate officer’s rank marking. That would be consistent with the length of his jacket. The lack of frogging on his sleeves would be a common the late war period. The crossed sabers on the hats were added on, as was the color on the buttons. The sabers are very crude & likely are embellishments where no pin existed. The hats are consistent with the Western theater, but not definitive.

Given the evidence, this is likely a photograph of three Western Theater Confederate cavalrymen.
 

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Their demeanor & appearance is that of three brothers. The light shade of both their pants & jackets is consistent with Confederate uniforms. The collar of the central figure has what could be a Confederate officer’s rank marking. That would be consistent with the length of his jacket. The lack of frogging on his sleeves would be a common the late war period. The crossed sabers on the hats were added on, as was the color on the buttons. The sabers are very crude & likely are embellishments where no pin existed. The hats are consistent with the Western theater, but not definitive.

Given the evidence, this is likely a photograph of three Western Theater Confederate cavalrymen.
Thank you for the thoughtful analysis. I, too, think they are western Confederate cavalrymen and they very well might be brothers.
 

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They look to be about 5 feet tall, all roughly the same height. And the middle man has a head rather large for his size. Well if they are late war Confederates, at least two of them are teenagers. That works.
 

James N.

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They're NOT Confederates. They're plainly Union artillerymen wearing regulation artillery shell jackets, as well as the artillery insignia on their ever-so-stylish hats. This is also a wartime image made in a field studio, though this may be a copy made at a later date.
 
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I thought those looked like crossed cannon?
My initial thought too but now I am unsure. However like Rhea said the cross swords seem to have been added. I have dug CW cross sabers and these appear to be larger than any CW ones I ve ever dug. Also I “believe “ regement numbers were added above the cross swords at some point after the CW. Since these don’t have the regimental number it might be a clue when the photo was taken
 
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The hat insignia looks like crossed cannon barrels to me. I can't detect the curve to the crossed items on the insignia, which would be the case of they were crossed sabers, I believe. Just a thought.

John
I tend to agree John. The more I look at them the more convinced I am they are indeed cannons
 

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The following photo is now on eBay for auction. It is a late 1800's sepia albumen mounted on card stock. It measure about 6" x 9". It is obviously a reprint image of a Civil War cdv. I find the photo to be very interesting and am posting it for your identification as to uniforms, Union or Confederate, etc. The seller claims it depicts three Confederates.

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At first sighting, they look like union volunteer recruits from the midwest. If hat insignias are crossed sabers, maybe cavalry; if crossed rifles, then possibly infantry. That's my best guess.
 
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