The belt and cap box worn by this unnamed volunteer tell a soldier’s story. His Southern-made leather belt with a two-piece Confederate buckle is flanked by two buttons that appear to be federal. A breastplate with the Ohio state seal is affixed to the cap box. Tucked into the belt is a Manhattan Firearms revolver. Completing the portrait is his uniform of blue-tinted trousers and a dark shirt with triangular patches of material at the base of the collar. The image is enclosed in a Union patriotic mat original to the photograph, judging from the emulsion flaking and oxidation.
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