Five Federals in Nashville

morse-stampThis carte de visite of five well-manicured and impeccably dressed soldiers was taken in the studio of A.S. Morse, a prolific photographer affiliated with the Union Army of the Cumberland.

The absence of shoulder straps on their coats indicates that these men were privates, and a hand-cancelled revenue stamp with Morse’s initials on the back of the photograph’s mount dates the image from 1864-1866.

This carte de visite is new to my collection, and is now available on PinterestTumblr, and Flickr:
Five Federals in Nashville

1 thought on “Five Federals in Nashville

  1. Again you present us with an interesting photo and something of a mystery. The fact that their coats lack epaulettes should mean they are not officers, but looking at those coats, they have a very unmilitary look to me, especially the man standing to the right. Moreover, they are wearing bow ties and vests–also not standard dress– and there is more of the look of gentlemen about them than simple dog soldiers. Their boots also look highly polished. My guess is they are indeed officers, but not in standard dress for some reason.

    While I’m no expert in uniforms, if these gentlemen are not exactly in civilian garb, they might be part of some rear echelon unit where regulation dress was only loosely enforced. Nashville during the war was a major base of operations with extensive logistical operations and its downtown business buildings, including its churches, were commandeered as hospitals for the duration. It would be nice to know more about these gentlemen and their duties.

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