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6167[TalkAntietam] Re:Question re photoigraph

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  • Thomas Clemens
    Feb 23, 2010
      Hi Bill,
      Not trying to contradict your assessment, because I agree with it, but here is somethingto chew on.
      Todd Harrington, who I think you know, is doing wet plate photography thee days. He did a fascinating side-by-side comparison of colored cloth and how it photographs in wet plate. To over-simplify, he found no real correlation at all between actual color and how it looks in wet plate photographs. Let me know if you need his address.

      Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
      Professor of History
      Hagerstown Community College

      >>> "Bill and Glenna Jo Christen" <gwjchris@...> 2/23/2010 8:58 AM >>>


      I believe that the enlisted coats have six buttons per early war North Carolina regulations. There are only four or five visible, but the others are hidden under a hat or waist belt. The epaulets are dark as per regulation, and on the sitting soldier on the right the epaulets are seen edge-on. The officer is wearing the prescribed early war frock coat.

      "The coat for all enlisted men shall be a sack coat made of gray cloth (of North Carolina Manufacture) extending half way down the thigh, and made loose, with falling collar, and an inside pocket on each breast, six coat buttons, commencing at the throat; a strip of cloth [epaulet] sewed on each shoulder, extending from the base of the collar to the shoulder seam, an inch and a half wide at the base of the collar and two inches wide at the shoulder; This strip will be black cloth for infantry, red for artillery and yellow for cavalry."*

      The image is so small that I cannot see the outline or any seams indicating the pockets. Since black generally photographs dark and yellow generally photographs dark, these men could be soldiers in the 4th NC cavalry. Have you checked the service record Franklin Weaver? I did. He was twenty-one and a Second Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry. He was killed at Sharpsburg on 17 September.

      There is a possibility that these men could be his brothers. One would have to first find out if he had any brothers. His father was Amos Weaver from Iredell County. The next assumption that they might be comrades in the same company (H). The seated NCO is a corporal and I think that I see part of a chevron on the standing soldiers--that might narrow the choices if they are in the same company. Perhaps by your following the book's picture credits you can obtain more information and a larger version of the image.

      Bill Christen

      *From the state regulations published (at the "N.C. Inst. for the Deaf & Dumb &the Blind") as quoted in American Military Equipage, 1851-1872 by Frederick P. Todd (Morris Plains, New Jersey: Chathan Square Press, 1983).

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