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60th U.S. Volunteers

60th U.S. Volunteers

I believe this photo is post Civil War, perhaps the Spanish American War era, but I am not sure. I have an original paper photo, 8 x 10, mounted on board.

The insignia show "USV" and "60". The officers and enlisted men are wearing the same medal, which I do not recognize. There are other interesting patches and, medals and belt buckles. The only close match I can find might indicate 7th or 8th Cavalry or First Infantry USV from 1864-1866.

An elderly client brought the photo into my custom framing business and never returned.

I would be interested in learning more from those with more military knowledge. I have it beautifully framed and get many questions and compliments. View full size.

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Caps tell the tale

Four of those caps are not the familiar kepi, but rather the undress uniform caps of the Spanish American War. The fifth from the left is a perfect example of it.

They are however, enlisted men's caps due to the plain leather chinstraps, being worn by apparent officers.

1881 Sons of Union Veterans

These guys appear to be wearing the membership medal of the Sons of Union Veterans, likely Camp #60. This organization was founded in 1881 as an adjunct to the GAR.

Like the GAR, each State organized into Departments and each Department had a number of Camps, which were numbered in some kind of meaningful way within each Department. I can find records of Camp 60 in Vermont, Michigan and several other states on line.

You can see a close up photo of one of the medals at

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