Library Of Congress
Library Of CongressPublic Domain ArchivePart of PICRYL.com. Not developed or endorsed by the Library of Congress
  • searchSearch
  • photo_albumStories
  • collectionsCollections
  • infoAbout
  • star_rateUpgrade
[Unidentified soldier in Confederate uniform and snake belt buckle with Enfield rifle and saber bayonet]

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate uniform and snake belt buckle with Enfield rifle and saber bayonet]

  • save_altThumbnail200x200
  • save_altSmall552x640
  • save_altMedium883x1024
  • save_altOriginal883x1024
description

Summary

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.

date_range

Date

01/01/1861
place

Location

create

Source

Library of Congress
copyright

Copyright info

No known restrictions on publication.

Exploresaber

Exploreconfederate uniform

Exploresnake belt