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15th Pennsylvania Cavalryman with Sharps Carbine

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Outstanding carte view of an unidentified member of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Studio pose of this cavalryman dressed in the service jacket which was unique to this particular cavalry unit which was trimmed in orange rather than yellow. He stands resting on his unsheathed cavalry saber, sporting knee high boots and pearl white gauntlets. His cap is worn with brass cavalry insignia pinned to the top. the empty sword scabbard is visible on his hip while his Sharps carbine sways at the hip attached to the buff leather carbine sling. Known as the “Anderson Cavalry”, the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry was an independent unit reporting directly to the headquarters of the Army of the Cumberland, performing escort, scouting, courier and other details for the commanding general. Composed of hand-picked men most of whom were qualified to receive commissions, it became the favorite unit of both Generals William Rosecrans and George Thomas. They would fight at Antietam, Stones River and Chickamauga and were ultimately responsible for the capture of Braxton Bragg and his staff as well as pursuing Jefferson Davis through George. Wonderful carte view from a seldom seen unit and sporting a Sharps carbine no less! Slightly trimmed and it does have a few minor pinholes. No back mark on this one.

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