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A Southern Trooper

 

Quarter-plate tintype by an anonymous photographer. Rick Brown Collection.

Quarter-plate tintype by an anonymous photographer. Rick Brown Collection.

Though the identity of this Southern trooper is currently lost to history, the expression on his face and casual pose suggests he was a cool customer. Armed with a Model 1840 dragoon saber and a Model 1860 Colt revolver, his triple-breasted uniform suggests Mississippi origins. The provenance of this portrait is the Taliaferro family of Star City, Ark.

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