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It was commonplace for cavalry soldiers to carry multiple weapons, especially revolvers. Most revolvers of the day were breech loaders that required a soldier to put powder in, followed by a bullet, then rammed home and capped for each individual chamber and revolvers could have 6 or more chambers. Obviously in the middle of a gunfight this process would leave the soldier vulnerable and so they just carried multiple pistols or cylinders so as to always have something loaded.

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Young US Cavalry trooper posing on his horse, most likely post-Civil War. Notice his left hand draw revolver holster and Spencer rifle in the saddle scabbard.

ca. 1861-65, [ambrotype portrait of a Confederate soldier in an infantry uniform with musket and Bowie knife] via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

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8 by 10 Civil War Photo 4 Union Soldiers Atop Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Civil War Photo 4 Union Soldiers Atop Lookout Mountain Tennessee

Out of the approx. 750,000 soldiers that fought for the South, these were the last three surviving Confederate Civil War veterans. Photo taken in 1951

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Amazing American Civil War Photos Turned Into Glorious Color

Civil War Photos Turned into Glorious Color. Union officers of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry reclining at Westover Landing in August of 1862

John Jarrette was a member of William Clarke Quantrill’s Guerrillas. He Rode with Quantrill during the raid on Lawrence, Kansas in 1863, and with Bloody Bill Anderson during the massacre at Centralia, Missouri 1864. After the war, Jarrette joined the Jesse James gang, and was a suspect in the robbery of the bank in Kentucky in 1868. In the photo he wears a captured Union waist belt plate.

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Native Americans in the Civil War

Although there are thousands of tintype images of Confederate and Union soldiers, there are very few images of the many Native Americans who fought on both sides of the Civil War. The identity of this Union soldier is unknown.

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Faces of the Civil War

Faces of the Civil War In remembrance of the Union and Confederate soldiers who served in the American Civil War, the Liljenquist Family donated their rare collection of over 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs to the Library of Congress. Most of the people and photographers are unidentified. If you recognize a face from your family, a regiment, or a photographer's painted studio backdrop, e-mail the Library of Congress at mylocfeedback@loc.gov.

Confederate First Sergeant... Union cavalry surrounded a lone Confederate soldier who had no horse and whose clothes were dirty and tattered. A Union officer said to him that it was obvious that he had no wealth and not the means to own slaves. The officer asked: “Why are you fighting this war?” The Confederate answered: “Because you are here.”