CONFEDERATE SERGEANT IN RICHMOND DEPOT JACKET WITH GIBSON WOOD BUTTONS

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This Confederate sergeant is shown seated in a 6th plate ambrotype wearing a jacket buttoned at the collar, but open to show part of his shirt. The jacket seems clearly to be a Richmond Depot Type-II jacket, which retained the shoulder tabs but not the branch of service trim of the Type-I. The buttons also appear to be the high-dome-center-recessed wood buttons made by John and George Gibson and supplied in the millions on contract to the Richmond Depot starting in late 1862. These same buttons can be seen on the uniforms of Confederate casualties photographed on the fields of Gettysburg in 1863.

The sergeant wears a full beard and appears to be about thirty. He seems to have the presence and character needed for a company NCO who was in constant contact with the men, but had to maintain some discipline and keep the company operating on an hourly basis. The image is clear. His cheeks have been lightly tinted red. His chevrons show on his upper sleeve on the viewer’s lower right. There is a vertical scratch along the center of the image, but there is no emulsion missing. It is housed in a thermoplastic case with intricate foliate scrolls on the front and back. The facing pad is in place.

This comes from the collection of the late Bill Turner, noted Virginia collector and dealer. It would make a nice addition to a Confederate infantry display.  [sr] [ph:m]

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