FRAMED UNION PRIVATE IN DRESS COAT AND SCALES, PERHAPS A WARTIME CASUALTY

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Families looking to hang a relative’s portrait on a parlor wall often had to resort to copying a wartime photograph if he had not survived. That may well be the case here. This is a very clear, large format albumen photo that is still in its period mat and oval frame. The soldier is clean-shaven, looking serious but rather fresh, and seated next to a draped table, on which sits his regulation issue forage cap. He wears an enlisted man’s dress frock coat, probably infantry, and wears the regulation issue shoulder scales, likely indicating he was relatively new recruit.

The tone, resolution and clarity of the image are quite good. Along the bottom edge can be seen the lower edge of the original tintype plate from which the talented photographer worked. The only thing he could not deal with was the characteristic reversal of the image in the tintype.

The real reason for the enlargement of the image to display in the home can’t really be known. It may simply have been to mark his service at the time, but families mourning a loved one who died in the war were often at a loss for an image not uncommonly resorted to one sent home by the soldier.  [SR]

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