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Can anyone ID this uniform as being US?


The Daguerreotype case is written on the inside 2.50 B. Johnson.


At first I thought he was Mexican but the B. Johnson name is throwing me off and the Mexican army primarily wore shako's.

Are you sure that is a dag? Does the image look shiney like a mirror in the light? Is the back tin or glass? Tin would be tintype and glass could be Daguerotype or ambrotype . If it is a dag it would be pre or early Civil War. His jacket looks like a Civil War jacket but his kepi doesn't. I don' think the image is Mexican War.

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This looks like a pre-CW militia or possible Confederate image....in my educated opinion.




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Its definately an Ambrotype or Tintype. That places it in the late 1850's through the Civil War. My guess is Militia or Confederate too. Confederate images are commonly ambrotypes.



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This most definitely looks like a Confederate soldier serving in the WESTERN theater of operations (west of the Ohio). The uniform is very typical of what was produced in this theater early in the war - and my guess is that the band going around the base of his cap is a branch color.


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Of note: The uniform is nothing like what was worn during the Mexican War, nor anything that was worn by Mexican troops at any time during this period.

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I believe it is a tintype? Tintypes are reversed images. The case is a dated 1860's because of the designs. 1850's are different. You can see that the image has been in the same preserver since made. He is a Confederate. Bill

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