Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Possible Louisiana Rebels with Backpacks

Sixth plate ambrotype of two unidentified soldiers, each carrying a backpack and wearing a blue-tinted uniform with dark placket and cuffs together with applied red collar and red forage cap. The consignor relates that these are Louisiana rebels. Although the central placket seems to have been unique to uniforms worn by Southern states such as Tennessee, North Carolina, and Arkansas volunteer militia units, the Louisiana origin has not been confirmed. Both men are unarmed and awaiting the issue of weapons indicating that this is an early war-date image taken ca February 1861. Housed in full, pressed paper case. 

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


Some wear, spotting, areas of discoloration to image. 

Case with some surface wear, particularly near hinge. 

Estimate: $400 - $600
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