New to My Collection: A Union Sergeant Stands Front and Off Center

My latest acquisition is this quarter plate tintype of a bearded federal sergeant. He wears a four button campaign jacket over a dark shirt with no collar and knee-high boots as he stands in front of an elaborate backdrop.  Holding a forage cap in his left hand, he grasps the edge of his jacket with the other. He stands off center in the frame of this image, leaving the viewer with the impression that it may have been intentional. The empty space to his left may represent a missed loved one or friend, or a fallen comrade. The space may also have been the work of the photographer, who may have artfully posed the sergeant between the tents and foliage pictured in the backdrop. Or perhaps this soldier first posed with another individual before having this image made of only himself, and the photographer failed to adjust the camera or the soldier.

This portrait is now available on PinterestTumblr, and Flickr:
A Union Sergeant Stands Front and Off Center

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