[Unidentified Confederate(?) officer, full-length portrait, standing, with sword in right hand]
- Upscale 2x6150x7680
In album: [U.S. army officers and other persons of the Civil War period / John White Geary, comp. 1861-1865], no. 77, surrogate p. 20 (upper left).
Surrogate available as color laser copy in P&P Reading Room.
There are not many details distinguishing the Confederates from the Union soldiers in many of portrait photographs - they really were from the same country, the same culture. One of the differences that you do find is the less uniform appearance of Confederates: they are much less standard, often wearing bits and pieces of cast-off Union Army uniforms and often, even weaponry. One thing that’s specific to the Confederates is huge Bowie knives, humorously called ‘Arkansas toothpicks,’ often made by local blacksmiths.