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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 soldier showing this amount of detail is considerably more unusual than the standard in-house studio photographs of the period.   

The image, 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 soldier.  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.   

The condition 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 .  (0808) $125


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