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Ready for Duty: 1860s

Ready for Duty: 1860s

1861-65. "Soldier in Union uniform and cap box standing with musket and bayonet with scabbard." Sixth-plate tintype, hand-colored, removed from frame. Liljen­quist Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

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British Arms in the War

The soldier here is holding a British Enfield musket. Likely a .58 caliber.

Great-great-uncle

This image reminded me of my great-great-uncle Elliott. When the war started, he was 18. In a grand gesture, he enlisted in the 1st Wisconsin, but as the spring came he deserted, went back to the farm and when harvest was assured, re-enlisted in the 20th Wisconsin. In 1863 he was on picket duty at Vicksburg when he was accidentally killed by another picket. He's buried in the cemetery there.

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