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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Born a Rebel: 1860s

Born a Rebel: 1860s

Ca. 1861-65. "Young soldier in Confederate shell jacket and forage cap with single shot pistol." Sixth-plate ambrotype, hand-colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Reversed Photo

The photo is reversed. The lock mechinism is on the wrong side of the pistol and the buttons are on the wrong side of his jacket.

[All tintypes are reversed, as they are camera originals, not prints from a negative. -tterrace]

The pistol

The pistol was more likely a prop owned by the photographer. A study of military images from the era shows numerous instances of photos soldiers hold the same pistols, knives and paraphernalia.

As for the members of Forrest's command, his first outfit benefitted from his wealth, but those raised later in the war relied increasingly on captured Union weapons and equipment.

Re: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

The other way around. The song was written by Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm of The Band. It was later covered by Joan Baez.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

That Judy Collins Joan Baez* song would fit right here. So young.

*Covering The Band

Thanks, my error.

Poor Rebs

They had to do with what they got in many cases. That that fellow
wouldn't be carryin' no cap gun if he was in Bedford Forrest's outfit.
Forrest paid for the good weapons his men used.

 
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