CONFEDERATE SOLDIER IN UNIFORM, LOY FAMILY OF VIRGINIA

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This sixth-plate ambrotype shows a young Confederate soldier seated, wearing a dark forage cap or kepi, and light color uniform jacket with standing collar and shoulder tabs. Eight buttons are visible down the front of the jacket, but there is a ninth likely hidden at his waist. The jacket conforms to Richmond Depot patterns, the Type-II in particular, using the shoulder tabs, but no branch of service piping, but there were certainly private copies being made.

The image was purchased out of the Loy family of Virginia by Bill Turner and is housed in its original case with green facing pad. It has an ink label on the facing pad at left reading: “Confed soldier (ancestor of Thomas Loy) (Leesburg, Va.) JWL.” This is not much to go on, since it seems to have been Thomas Loy who lived in Leesburg and not necessarily his ancestor. We do not know who “JWL” is, though it seems likely to be a “J.W. Loy” who is naming Thomas Loy as someone in the family line between themselves and the soldier. A quick check of the census shows two Thomas Loys in Leesburg in the 1880 to 1900 period. Linking one of them with a J.W.L. might establish his identity and justify working back through ancestors with Confederate service. CWData shows eleven Virginia Confederate Loys, and it might be possible to work toward a connection with a Thomas Loy in Leesburg, but there is no real guarantee the ancestor was named Loy.

The image is a bit light, and the case shows wear, but it is a great heirloom preserved by the family and worth some additional research. Even without an identification it would make a nice addition to a Confederate, especially Virginia, collection. [SR] [ph:M]

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