Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Union Private with Musket and Pistol]

Unknown (American)
Plate: 8.9 x 6.4 cm (3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.) Case: 9.5 × 8.5 cm (3 3/4 × 3 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2012
Accession Number:
Not on view
Almost all portraits of Civil War soldiers, Union and Confederate, show the sitters with one or more weapons: a musket with or without a fixed bayonet, a sword, a pistol or two, a bowie knife. Evidence suggests that given a choice, most soldiers preferred presenting themselves armed with more than one weapon—an opportunity many studios were more than willing to accommodate with a ready supply of props.
Medhurst & Company, Kansas City, MO

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