Posted 6 years ago
This Civil War carte de visite (CDV) depicts a Union sailor who served with the blockade forces in occupied South Carolina.
By December of 1861, the Union Navy controlled the area of Beaufort, SC and used it as a base for their East Coast blockade efforts.
The single star (without cuff trim) was the insignia for a USN Botswain and Gunner (24 MAY 63- end of the Civil War) and was for Midshipmen as well (29 JAN 64- end of the Civil War).
Because this CDV doesn't carry a revenue stamp, it most likely pre- dates 1 AUG 64.
The sailors simple sack coat type jacket is unusual and more typical of the Army.
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