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IMAGE OF AN INDIAN WARS-SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA SOLDIER DRESSED IN HIS FIELD UNIFORM AND ARMED WITH A SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE:  This cabinet card image of a late Indian Wars or Spanish American War era soldier was taken in San Francisco, California, perhaps before joining his regiment in the Arizona Territory at the end of the Apache Wars or before shipping overseas to Cuba or the Philippine Islands.  He is dressed in his field uniform - dark blue wool blouse, light blue wool trousers, leggings and tan campaign hat - and in addition to his Trapdoor Rifle, he is also wearing a khaki Mills looped cartridge with a Pattern 1886 Whittemore H Belt Plate.  Interesting in that he is otherwise dressed and equipped as an infantry soldier, he is also wearing the gauntlets which were normally only issued to mounted troops.   

The image, measuring 7 " x 5 ", was taken at the Johnson Studio in San Francisco, California.  The image is in very good condition with only minor staining perhaps ink but no significant scuffing to the image surface.  The upper right and lower left corners of the card are bruised with small surface loss, but the remainder of the edges are strong.   

Overall, this a nice image of a young soldier of the period, armed and anticipating the  adventures that await him.    (0302) $65



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