Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Another internet warning!

In Military and Wartime > Civil War > Show & Tell and Photographs > Cartes-De-Visite > Show & Tell.
Civil War6 of 303US Civil War era coinageCPT Willie Foster of Mosby's Rangers
Love it
Like it

sklo42sklo42 loves this.
Rick55Rick55 loves this.
BlackWatchBlackWatch loves this.
JImamJImam loves this.
TassieDevilTassieDevil loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
bobby725bobby725 loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
VioletOrangeVioletOrange loves this.
SpiritBearSpiritBear loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
See 9 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 4 months ago


(841 items)

I just wanted to add this posting after reading welzebub's posting from a few days ago.

His posting highlighted the dangers of online information and that much of it is just not accurate.

This posting demonstrates more of the same (with no ill intent).

A seller on ebay posted a Civil War soldier photograph for sale and attributed the image to Naum Cregar of the 15th NJ Infantry. Apparently, the cdv came in an album from the family that originated in NJ.

Someone added the seller's photo to the soldiers find a grave listing. FANTASTIC, now we have a long lost portrait of a Civil War soldier!

Not so fast.... The carte de visite does not have any inscription on it. Additionally, the photograph was taken in Clarksville, TN (my reason for acquiring the image). A quick search of the 15th NJ shows that they were an Eastern Regiment and never in TN.

Another inconsistency is the soldier's veteran stripe-- showing he had reenlisted for another term of service. PVT Cregar did not even complete his first three year enlistment due to the end of the War.

So, who is our soldier? He is unknown. But based on what we can see in the image, it is a late war image-- probably taken in the summer of 1864; but before AUG when a revenue tax stamp would be required to be affixed to the image.

Based on units occupying Clarksville, TN; I would suspect that he is an Illinois soldier.

Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 months ago
    ebay listing for the soldier:

    And the find a grave site with photo:

  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 months ago
    Good detective work, Scott Holmes.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 4 months ago
    Thanks buss-- this one was fairly easy, but is actually very desirable due to the location of the photographer.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 4 months ago
    Thanks bobby and racer.

  5. scottvez scottvez, 4 months ago
    Thanks jlmam and tassie.

  6. scottvez scottvez, 4 months ago
    Thanks vo, blackwatch and spirit!

  7. scottvez scottvez, 4 months ago
    Thanks for looking apache.

  8. scottvez scottvez, 4 months ago
    Thanks blackwatch!

  9. Rick55 Rick55, 3 months ago
    Unfortunately, sellers on eBay, and other places for that matter, very often misrepresent their items and knowingly, or unknowingly, it's the buyer that gets duped. Just as did Scott, if you're not a 100% sure about an item, do your research, and if that fails, run it by one of the experts on CW prior to purchase.

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.