EXCELLENT IMAGE OF A SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA
SOLDIER DRESSED IN HIS FIELD UNIFORM AND ARMED WITH A
KRAG RIFLE AND BAYONET HANGING FROM HIS MILLS LOOPED
CARTRIDGE BELT – POSED IN FRONT OF HIS BARRACKS - GREAT
SAW OUTDOOR IMAGE:
This is a
particularly nice cabinet card image a Spanish American
War era soldier, dressed in his field uniform - dark
blue wool shirt, khaki trousers, leggings and tan
campaign hat - and equipped with a Krag Rifle. He is
also wearing a dark blue Mills looped cartridge belt
with the Krag bayonet. He is posed in front of what
appears to be a barracks building. This desirable
outdoor view of a single solider showing this amount of
detail is considerably more unusual than the standard
in-house studio photographs of the period.
measuring 6.5" x 4", was taken by Columbian Photo Co. of
New York City, and you can see remnants of melting snow
on and around the steps behind the solder. Given his
campaign dress, that he is armed with a Krag and not a
Trapdoor, the amount of snow, and that the photo company
was out of New York, I suspect this is an image of a
regular army enlisted man and not a state militia or
National Guard soldier, and that the photo was probably
taken in early Spring, probably in 1898, as the threat
of war was looming. The militia and National Guard
units were not activated until later in the year after
war was declared.
of this image is quite good with no damage or scuffing
to the image surface.
Fresh from an
old eastern estate, this would a nice image to display
with a grouping of Spanish American War artifacts .