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Antebellum Warriors

A Militiaman and His Mississippi Rifle

A thin-bearded volunteer poses with all the trappings of a militiaman. He is a private—don’t be tricked by the officer’s shoulder straps on his uniform, which are purely decorative. His equipment is varied: A Pattern 1839 waist belt popular during the late Mexican War, a cap box of a style produce from the 1850s through the early Civil War, and a shoulder sling, cartridge box and powder flask of the era. A plumed dress cap of the 1851 pattern sits on the small table beside him. His weapon is the muzzle-loading Model 1841 type, better known as a Mississippi rifle.

Sixth-plate ambrotype by an anonymous photographer. Kevin Canberg Collection.

Sixth-plate ambrotype by an anonymous photographer. Kevin Canberg Collection.
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