Private James House with Fighting Knife, Sixteenth Georgia Cavalry Battalion, Army of Tennessee

This portrait of a cavalryman is an excellent example of a well-armed Confederate soldier. Private House wears a slouch hat and a checked battle shirt seen through the gaps in a modified woolen shell jacket with tabbed button closures. He brandishes his fighting knife and for quick use has half removed a pocket revolver from its belted holster. Perhaps the most frightening weapons in House’s personal arsenal may be his focused stare and his set jaw. Credit Metropolitan Museum of Art

1 year ago on 05/31/13 at 07:36pm
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