Unidentified Zouave Uniform - any ideas which unit this was worn by?
Ambrotype of Union Zouave of the 62nd NYV Anderson Zouaves
The soldier in this photograph is seen in a full length studio portrait, wearing a Zouave or "chasseur" style uniform and havelock. His stripes can be clearly seen on his right forearm and he holds a rifle in his hands. He is identified as Valentine Cowling and "Valadon" Cowling on the mount. John Pierre Valadon Cowling, Jr. was a first lieutenant in the Kentucky State Guard in Louisville. He was one of five signatories to a recruiting document dated April 16, 1861, found on the person of accused spy John C. Brain, captured in Michigan City, Indiana in September 1861. Brain was accused of being a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle, but was released the next year after signing a loyalty oath.
1861 Melainotype of a Confederate officer. Really, for quality, condition and content one of the finest Confederate images we've ever offered. Plate with embossed Melainotype patent information embossed along bottom edge, unquestionably dating the image to 1861. Officer wears gray frock coat with high standup collar, black flashing on edges of pocket on each breast and the shoulder straps appear to have black centers, possibly denoting North Carolina. Wears rather narrow brimmed slouch hat with one side turned up. Holds five ball pillow pommel sword over his shoulder, the sword dating to circa 1825. Interestingly wearing what appears to be two watch chains. Classic wide leather belt with two leather tabs and two horseshoe shaped iron buckles for closure.
Standing pose of a Zouave soldier dressed in typical style garb. Sporting red pantaloons tucked into his gaiters. A blue sash is worn around the waist over which is a white buff waist belt. The face of the plate is obscured by the positioning of his rifle but it appears to be a script New York plate.
Sixth plate soft emulsion ambrotype of a Virginia officer attributed to the "Hanover Troop". He sits here dressed in a minty double breasted frock which appears to be loosely based off of US regulation dress. Most likely an early war image. His coat still relatively new as it shines in the sunlight. Atop his head is worn is worn a M1851 Hardee hat with an ostrich plume. His hat badge prominently displays "VA" encircled within a wreath.
This view is identified as William Horrocks of Co. K and came directly from the family. William mustered into the 114th in early September of 1862. By the end of October he was promoted corporal and then to sergeant by March of 1863 He was eventually mustered out in late May of 1865 but not before a promotion to lieutenant.
Extremely rare HALF plate ambrotype of two unknown Confederate brothers. Both of these men are dressed in Columbus Depot jackets with the collars and cuffs trimmed in the Columbus Depot fashion. The brother to the left has a book tucked into his arm which I would assume is a bible.
Outstanding sixth plate ambrotype of Confederate corporal of artillery. This thing is absolutely beautiful! He sits dressed in a grey frock with red piping and matching grey trousers. Great color to this image. The chevrons have been tinted red as well. He also sports a grey cap with artillery insignia pinned to the front and company letter "A".
Dressed in a grey blouse or "battleshirt" as they are commonly called with the collar, cuffs and pockets trimmed in what now appears green in color. Originally this color was probably blue but which has oxidized to this greenish hue we see now. His sergeants stripes have also been colored as well and how about those trousers
John Josey was elected major of the 15th Arkansas Infantry (Cleburne’s-Polk’s-Josey’s) in April 1862, promoted to lieutenant colonel in November 1862, and to colonel the following April; the majority of the regiment’s service was in the Western Theater, including the battles of Stones River and Chickamauga. In the fall of 1863, Josey was detached on recruiting duty and ordered by the Confederate Secretary of War to report to General Edmund Kirby Smith. He was wounded and captured at the St. Francis River, Arkansas, on February 14, 1864, and spent most of the remainder of the war as a prisoner of war at Camp Chase, Ohio. He died prematurely, possibly of yellow fever, in Osceola, Florida, in October 1866 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.