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[Private James House with Fighting Knife, Sixteenth Georgia Cavalry Battalion, Army of Tennessee]

Unknown

Date:
1861–62?
Medium:
Ambrotype
Dimensions:
Plate: 8.3 x 7 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
David Wynn Vaughan Collection
  • Description

    This portrait of a cavalryman is an excellent example of a well-armed Confederate soldier. Private House wears a slouch hat and a checked battle shirt seen through the gaps in a modified woolen shell jacket with tabbed button closures. He brandishes his fighting knife and for quick use has half removed a pocket revolver from its belted holster. Perhaps the most frightening weapons in House’s personal arsenal may be his focused stare and his set jaw.

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