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    Posted 10 years ago

    scottvez
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    This young man served aboard the USS Kearsarge. His hat band has most of the letters visible.

    The Kearsarge was a USN sloop that was active from 1862 until 1894. She is probably best known for her fight against the CSS Alabama.

    This image appears to date from the late 1870s- 1880s and bears no photographer's information.

    Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.

    scott

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Thanks mikko and vetraio.

      scott
    2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 10 years ago
      my god! he seems so young to have been part of a crew on a warship! could he have been the child of someone who worked on the ship instead? or did they actually recruit youngsters for crews?
    3. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      They were typical on warships and filled the role of "powder monkeys"-- usually carrying powder from storage areas to the actual guns.

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Here is an iconic image of a Civil War era powder monkey:

      http://www.old-picture.com/civil-war/Powder-Monkey.htm

      scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Thanks tom and cultcha.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Thanks for looking ted.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Thanks again pops!

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking and commenting cindb.

      "Child warriors" were not that uncommon in the 19th century.

      scott
    9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 8 years ago
      do you think that the book has any significance in this photo? i know that my great grandmemere always held a book in her photos. i was told that this was to show that she read and wrote very well and that it was somewhat unusual for women of her time.
    10. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      In 19th century photography holding a book or an open book is often used to show literacy.

      Not sure in this case if it has any significance.

      scott
    11. SCPODan, 7 years ago
      Great personalized blouse (jumper).
    12. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks dan and tom!

      scott
    13. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks rade.

      scott

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