Friday, October 16, 2015

Rebel Soldier

We wrap up the week with this picture of another veteran. Interestingly he has his knife and pistol still on his hip, and he is holding what looks like a large double barrel shotgun. I did not think they used shotguns in the war, so maybe I am not seeing things right and it is a different type of gun.


  1. He looks as if he's not old enough for a paper route, let alone sent off to war.
    Now, the question is, how many of these photos are of actual *veterans*, and how many were taken before these men left for the battlefront?

  2. Early in the war, Confederates used civilian arms including shotguns and hunting rifles like the Kentucky or Hawken due to the shortage of military weapons. The British officer Arthur Fremantle observed that revolvers and shotguns (especially double-barreled models) were the favored weapons of Confederate cavalry and mounted infantry during his 1863 visit to the South.[8]

  3. This was supposed to have been prefaced with "According to Wikipedia"

  4. This has been an interesting week. Do I remember that the earlier ones were all from TX, but this kid (My reaction, even before I saw Lady Anne's comment, was that he was the youngest looking guy we'd seen so far; he's also the most anxious looking one.) is just labeled as a "rebel" soldier. He's also the first we've seen wearing a tie. His shirt appears to be white, or at least lighter in color than his jacket. The jacket has the same dropped shoulder seam that we saw in all the shirt sleeves. He is also the best armed of everyone we've seen, since he has a pistol, a knife, and the long gun, whatever type it may be. Having no knowledge at all of guns besides size, I've got a question about that long gun. There's a" protrusion" up from it toward the barrels(s). Is that part of the long gun? Or is it another pistol stuck in his waistband? If so, that would make four weapons!

    His hat interests me as well. It's turned up on one brim. Can't see if there's a pin anchoring it or not. The last time I remember seeing one of these in your blog was on Teddy Roosevelt in, I think, the Spanish American War, some 35 years after the Civil War. Teddy's pin was some kind of regimental pin. How often did Civil War soldiers, on either side, wear their hats this way?


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