VERY NICE SIXTH PLATE TINTYPE OF A CIVIL WAR UNION INFANTRY CORPORAL

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The mustache and short-cropped hair of this infantry corporal gives a real impression that he means business. His somewhat solemn expression and full-on stare into the camera lens only heightens the effect, which is further increased by the photographer’s use of a plain backdrop, pushing our focus onto the soldier.  He is posed in a photographer’s studio seated, with one arm resting of a cloth covered table, and holds his forage cap on his thigh with the other. The photographer has lightly gilded the brass buttons on his regulation enlisted frock coat, thinly enough to still make out the eagles of the regulation Union “general service” button. He has also delicately tinted the soldier’s cheeks red and the piping on his coat and chevrons light blue, indicating he is an infantry corporal.

The image has great focus and clarity. Enlarging it even picks up detail of the piping and buttonholes. There is one small dark spot on the chevrons that does not interfere with the image. Infantry companies fielded eight corporals, who were posted in the front rank of the line of battle, with chevrons marking them out. Survivors got a chance for promotion to sergeant.  Our man looks like he knew the job he had to do and was going to do it. Housed in half a leatherette case with frame, mat and glass in place.    [SR]

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