Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of an early war militiaman probably hailing from Rhode Island. (Tarnish and some discoloration near mat opening.) Housed in half pressed paper case (surface wear, scuffing).
The subject's pleated shirt is typical of Rhode Island, while the rain cover over the forage cap was quickly dispensed with as a piece of shoddy, cumbersome kit. He sports a fashionable goatee of the style favored by urban dandies, and wears a common militia belt plate (similar to Gavin Plate 42, p. 62) often associated with New England troops. Tucked into the waist belt is a small caliber Colt Root (sidehammer) revolver, a popular civilian weapon never issued to the military.
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