Enlarged copy of the "Jeff Davis and the South" sign, note the reversed N; the photographer wrote the letters in reverse so that they would appear correctly in the image but failed to do the N in reverse.
When the company re-organized in April 1861 they adopted a Zouave uniform of a gray jacket trimmed in yellow with ball buttons on the edge; a gray vest and gray trousers with yellow trim, and red kepis trimmed in yellow with a brass “Z” on the front; they also adopted a red fez with yellow tassel. In addition to this uniform they were supplied with a fatigue uniform, which consisted of brown trousers, a hickory shirt, and red caps. ( Photo of Private David William Howie taken ca. 1861)
James Thomas Asbury Cartwright of the J W Thompson Invincibles", Co E, 23rd Miss. Inf., dressed in civilian cloths and armed with an artillery short sword. On the table is the sign "Jeff Davis and the South".
The Richland Guards flag is a painted Pink wool flag and an excellent late Antebellum/early war piece. The Richland Guards the unit had its start in 1832, year of the Nullification crisis and by the 1850’s there were at least eight units operating in Richland District. For the war, Captain E. F. Bookter commanded the Richland Guards, first as Company I, 2nd SCVI, then Company D, 12th SCVI.
Private Joseph D. Robinson of Chambers County posed for this picture as he prepared to leave East Alabama Male College for service in the Confederate Army. He had come to Auburn as a freshman in 1860 after inheriting two slaves, two mules, and $3,140 from a neighbor in Shawmut. He lived at Dr. McElhaney's house and studied such subjects as Latin, Greek, algebra, geography, and composition. Robinson, who lost part of an ear to Yankee shot, fought at Corinth, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and elsewhere.