Unidentified soldier with DST Sharps
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Author:  Calum [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Unidentified soldier with DST Sharps

'afternoon all,

A friend found this in the Liljenquist Collection.

http://dotcw.com/unidentified-soldier-i ... el-pistol/

I'm certainly not an expert, but to me, the jacket looks like it could be a modified Federal fatigue jacket. The second button down (colorized) also looks to be the rear sight of the Sharps, although based on the placement of the lower buttons, I would expect there to be a button around that location.


Author:  BrianTWhite [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Unidentified soldier with DST Sharps

That is most definitely a Confederate soldier holding a DST Sharps. In the item notes it's stated that Mr. Liljenquist purchased it from a man in South Carolina, who in turn stated that the soldier was from Forsyth, North Carolina, which is likely where he found it.

His coat only adds credence to an NC attribution as it's the style of "sack coat" issued by that state from 1861 to mid to late 1862; these had five or six button fronts, squarish fall-down collars, and had colored shoulder facings between the sleeve cap and collar to denote branch of service (black for infantry). An original NC sack coat can be seen in Echoes of Glory: CS on page 144 along with a photograph of a soldier wearing one. Eventually the state issue sack coat would transform into a shorter jacket version of itself and then into an untrimmed honest-to-goodness shell jacket.

I saw this picture a few months ago and immediately started to scour my research sources to find any letter, diary, or memoir that might mention a NC soldier with a Yankee sharpshooter's rifle but came up empty. The American Civil War Research Database lists approximately 1,074 soldiers from Forsyth County, NC and the records seem to be very complete. I doubt that we'll ever know the name of this soldier but there is always hope that this rifle was mentioned in some text somewhere! In the meantime, to my eye and in my opinion, it's the ultimate Confederate image.

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Author:  Calum [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Unidentified soldier with DST Sharps

Thanks Brian! I didn't realize that there was a notes section, so totally missed the providence. :oops:


Author:  BrianTWhite [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Unidentified soldier with DST Sharps

It took me a few initial viewings to find the notes. They aren't exactly big and bold on the image pages!

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