I thought about a continuation of the Generals at a younger age thread that @AUG created. I for one like the earlier pictures of generals, because even they were young once and had a live before those four years that brought us together here on CWT. But there are earlier pictures of other civil war participants to be found. Lower-ranking officers, including some wearing stars years after the war, and Privates and NCOs and of course all the corresponding navy guys are surely worth a look, too - be it as toddlers or in some uniform already.
Now in the way of @Mike Serpa and his excellent picture threads, of which the most recent Union Navy personnel. One a day. just began a few days ago, I´d like to post one a day though I´ll not have them in alpabetical order. I have only few pictures, mostly collected on my pinterest (and some special cases already used in Aug's thread), and of those I have size and quality are very very mixed which of course means that I´ll look for better versions of same pictures but often find none. Likewise photography grew with time so of course there were fewer before the war and even less for lower classes; and of those that were made only a fraction survived to this day or have an identification. So as I only have two eyes and the world is large I would very much like other people to participate in this thread as well.
Which means if you have or find pre-war pictures of civil war participants who weren`t generals during the war (while those would be nice for the generals thread which could use more people taking part) please don`t hesitate and post the pictures right away.
And why not start with a rather famous one? Courtesy of Mike Serpa and his Before & After: Cushing + extra photos thread we have Alonzo Cushing (1841-1863) as cadet at West Point from which he graduated in June 1861. He died as Lieutenant at Gettysburg, serving in the Union artillery opposite the PPT charge. Cushing posthumously received the Medal of Honor ... in 2014, with a slight delay of 151 years.