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Confederates

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.
[Sergeant A.M. Chandler of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Co. F., and Silas Chandler, family slave, with Bowie knives, revolvers, pepper-box, shotgun, and canteen]
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[Portrait of Pvt. William Jackson Eskew, 13th Virginia Infantry, C.S.A.]

[Portrait of Pvt. William Jackson Eskew, 13th Virginia Infantry, C.S.A...

Pvt. Eskew was wounded in defense of Richmond, Va., early in 1865.

[Portrait of Pvt. Andrew F. Skidmore, Mount Vernon Guards, Company E, 17th Virginia Infantry, C.S.A.]

[Portrait of Pvt. Andrew F. Skidmore, Mount Vernon Guards, Company E, ...

Pvt. Skidmore was killed at Yorktown, Va. around May 1, 1862.

[Portrait of Pvt. Edwin Francis Jemison, 2nd Louisiana Regiment, C.S.A.]

[Portrait of Pvt. Edwin Francis Jemison, 2nd Louisiana Regiment, C.S.A...

Although previously identified as Private Edwin Francis Jennison, Georgia Regiment, C.S.A., recent research has established that this photograph is of Private Edwin Francis Jemison, 2nd Louisiana Regiment. He s... more

Wm. Barksdale. Brig. Gen. Miss.

Wm. Barksdale. Brig. Gen. Miss.

Head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left.

[Portrait of Pvt. Sampson Altman, Jr., Company C, 29th Regiment Georgia Volunteers, C.S.A.]

[Portrait of Pvt. Sampson Altman, Jr., Company C, 29th Regiment Georgi...

Pvt. Altman fought in the battle of Shiloh, died April 23, 1863 from disease.

[Portrait of Lt. Col. James T. Weaver, 60th North Carolina Regiment, C.S.A.]

[Portrait of Lt. Col. James T. Weaver, 60th North Carolina Regiment, C...

Lt. Col. Weaver was killed at Murfreesboro, Dec. 7, 1864.

[Lieutenant William Sharpe Barnes, F Company, 4th North Carolina Infantry in frock coat]

[Lieutenant William Sharpe Barnes, F Company, 4th North Carolina Infan...

Photograph shows identified soldier, William Sharpe Barnes, who enlisted in 1861 as a corporal.

Mrs. Ridgley Brown

Mrs. Ridgley Brown

Photograph shows Mrs. Ridgley (or Ridgely?) Brown, possibly the wife of Lieutenant Colonel Ridgely Brown of Co. K, 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment, and Co. A, 1st Maryland Cavalry Battalion, holding 11-star Confe... more

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate officer's uniform with sword and framed photograph]

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate officer's uniform with sword and ...

Photo shows officer with photograph of man with top hat possibly from Quinby's Charleston studio.

[Thomas Isaiah Booker in Confederate uniform with Colt navy revolver, book, tin drum canteen, and sign reading Jeff Davis and the South!]

[Thomas Isaiah Booker in Confederate uniform with Colt navy revolver, ...

Photo shows identified soldier from Louisiana from either Co. D, 8th Louisiana Cavalry Regiment; Co. B, 28th Louisiana Infantry Regiment, or Co. B, 29th Louisiana Infantry Regiment.

[Private Reggie T. Wingfield and Private Hamden T. Flay in Confederate uniforms]

[Private Reggie T. Wingfield and Private Hamden T. Flay in Confederate...

Photograph shows two identified Confederate soldiers.

[Brothers Private William Savage Moore and Private John C. Moore of Richmond "Parker" Virginia Light Artillery Battery, 1st Company Howitzers Virginia Light Artillery Battery, and I Company, 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in early Richmond depot shell jackets]

[Brothers Private William Savage Moore and Private John C. Moore of Ri...

Photograph shows identified soldiers in Confederate uniforms. More information is in "Glimpses of Soldiers' Lives," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/SoldierbiosMoores.html

[Confederate soldier identified as Jonathan Sweet of Meridian, Mississippi, with pistol and Bowie knife]
[Sergeant William T. Belew of Company H, 57th Virginia Infantry Regiment]

[Sergeant William T. Belew of Company H, 57th Virginia Infantry Regime...

Photo shows identified soldier in Confederate uniform.

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate uniform with Gardner patent canteen and haversack]

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate uniform with Gardner patent cante...

Photograph shows soldier in dilapidated condition.

[Private Parris P. Casey of Company I, "Cherokee Rangers," 19th Alabama Infantry Regiment, with bayoneted musket]

[Private Parris P. Casey of Company I, "Cherokee Rangers," 19th Alabam...

Photograph shows identified soldier, Parris Pace Casey (1839-1863). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012 and 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com)

[Lieutenant Hiram L. Hendley of Co. A, 9th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion with double barrel shotgun and Bowie knife]
[Private David Bowman of Company I, 7th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, or Private Michael Bowman of Company B and Company H, 7th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, in uniform with knife]

[Private David Bowman of Company I, 7th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, or ...

Photograph shows soldier partially identified as David Bowman, ca. 1830-1883, or Michael Bowman, ca. 1842-1892; two manuscripts found with photograph.

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate pullover hunting-style shirt with dark military-type trim with double barrel shotgun, revolver, and side knife]

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate pullover hunting-style shirt with...

Photograph shows unidentified soldier, probably from Texas.

[Private Henry Augustus Moore of Co. F, 15th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, with artillery short sword and sign reading Jeff Davis and the South!]

[Private Henry Augustus Moore of Co. F, 15th Mississippi Infantry Regi...

Photograph shows identified soldier who died from wounds suffered in the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863.

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