[Unidentified soldier in Confederate uniform with Bowie knife]
Title devised by Library staff.
Case: Berg, no. 3-350.
Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2011; (DLC/PP-2012:127).
More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.lilj
Purchased from: Bill Turner, La Plata, Maryland, 2012.
Forms part of: Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs (Library of Congress).
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.